What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members round the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Our chapter (convivium) carries out the Slow Food mission on a local level. We advocate sustainability and bio-diversity through educational events and public outreach that promote the appreciation and consumption of seasonal and local foods and the support of those who produce them.
We believe the food we eat should taste good; it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or human health; and its producers should receive fair compensation for their work. For more information about the Slow Food movement, visit the Slow Food USA website.
We are very fortunate this year in having three Slow Food Greater Olympia members selected to represent us at larger Slow Food events. Our members John Adams, Sound Fresh Clams and Oysters (sellers of the Olympia Oyster at the Olympia Farmer’s Market) and Rachel Floyd, School Garden Coordinator (AmeriCorps) at the Thurston County Food Bank were selected as US delegates to Terra Madre (this October in Italy). You can help bring their voices to the world wide gathering to present the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home. In addition, Greater Olympia member Joel Hansen was one of 100 farmers, butchers, cooks, and food policy experts selected to meet in Denver to address how to herd meat production toward the good, clean, and fair goals of Slow Food.
You can help send our delegates to these events to share their food movement success stories and to bring back new lessons, ideas and relationships to help our community. Revenue from our upcoming dinners will help fund the travel costs. Save the dates, invite friends; and enjoy a convivial evening while supporting our delegates. For details and registration click on the links below, or go the the Events page.
August 16, 2014: Colvin Ranch Farm to Table Dinner–fund raiser for sending our delegates to Terra Madre and Slow Meat Conventions
Community leaders have worked to identify target goals for a more sustainable community. The result is a plan designed to guide decision making in Thurston County. You can read about the effort at the Sustainable Thurston website:
Of particular interest are the goals on our food system and preserving our land (found on pages 18 and 13 respectively):
Support local food systems to increase community resilience, health, and economic prosperity.
Preserve environmentally sensitive lands, farmlands, forest lands, prairies, and rural lands and develop compact urban areas.
Slow Food Ark of Taste garden at The Downtown Commons
Board member Celeste Wade asked the folks at the Commons to set aside an educational garden space for Slow Food near the sidewalk in this quarter of a block in downtown Olympia right behind the library (Corner of 9th & Adams). The plan is to grow Ark of Taste foods, great tasting foods we need to grow and eat to assure that the seeds/roots will last into the nuture, and provide educational signage. Celeste is looking for helpers with this garden and the signage as well as a coordinator to keep us volunteers working together.
Our local chapter focuses on…
Providing support to local farmers, educating the community about the value and benefits of local food, and providing opportunities for members to learn about and enjoy local and heritage foods through social interactions. We promote and support local restaurants that serve local, organic, and heritage foods and support other local organizations with common values that strive to preserve farmland, educate the public about the importance of food diversity, reduce global warming; and establish backyard gardens. We support school gardens where young children learn to plant, care for, harvest, and enjoy the bounty of local, organic produce.