Register for the first Crop Mob of 2015

urbicultureWe start in style, at Ekar Farm on April 12, where we’ll be building the reflection patio we didn’t get to build last year:

Please register here.

Ekar has always dreamed of a place out in the middle of the farm to sit and quietly reflect on the importance of organic food accessibility, food equality, and the community value of all urban farms.  Participants will construct a 105 square foot brick patio by digging out the area, filling the hole with gravel and sand, and then placing bricks in a pattern.

This is your chance to help Ekar Farm with its mission of growing food on an urban farm to feed the hungry. In 2014, Ekar donated over 11,000 pounds of food for that purpose! This is only possible through the ongoing volunteer efforts of people like YOU!

This is an amazing organization, worthy of your attention and effort, and you’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with like minded folks on a project that will yield benefits to our community for years to come, and then to share a hot sit down lunch with your fellows, as we build community the old fashioned way: by working and eating together!

Children are very welcome, though need to be supervised as this will be a construction project using shovels, wheelbarrows, etc.

For our shared meal, Ekar will be providing Vegetarian/Vegan/Kosher/Non-Meat options.

Questions? Contact us at denvercropmob@gmail.com

 

 

Join our Team!

We are seeking a part-time office manager and executive assistant to help with  office administration and support for the chapter.  Schedule is flexible but will include some nights and weekends for events.

Position:  Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Application Deadline: February 20th, 2015
Reports to: Director, Slow Food Denver
Location: Denver, CO

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and care for the Slow Food Denver physical office space, including:
    • Manage and order office supplies
    • Maintain cleanliness and order, including implementing conservation measure to reduce waste
  • Office Communications and Marketing Support
    • Capture and distribute phone and email messages
    • Social media posting (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest familiarity preferred)
    • Website content updates
    • Maintain the community events calendar
    • Maintain the office calendar
    • Create event announcements, newsletters, and other emails
    • Maintain marketing materials (brochures, stickers, t-shirts, etc.)
    • Write and distribute regular updates on Slow Food Denver activities to the local community
  • Create and maintain office procedures to maximize efficiency and information sharing in a remote working environement
    • Define and implement an e-filing system and electronic file storage and backup procedures
    • Organize policies and procedures
  • Manage membership database and mailing list
  • Improve and manage volunteer program
    • Handle volunteer communicatiosn
    • Organize volunteers for events, programs, and other activities
    • Create a volunteer appreciation program
  • Assist with event planning and coordination, including:
    • Venue and vendor management
    • Event logistics planning and execution
    • Event promotion
    • Volunteer Coordination
  • Other office and program administrative support as needed

The idea candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm about the Slow Food mission
  • Proficiency in Words, Excel, and WordPress
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Polished, professional demeanor with the ability to represent the organization diplomatically and tactfully
  • Confident self-starter
  • Flexibility and good humor

This role is a part-time (15-20 hours / week), sub-contracted position with compensation of $12-$15 / hour depending upon experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@slowfooddenver.org (Subject line:  Office Manager and Executive Assistant) no later than February 20th, 2015.

 

 

Hanna Ranch Film Screening

ACT_1301 Hanna Ranch Poster_R5Join Slow Food Denver, the American Grassfed Association and Grow Local Colorado for a free screening of Hanna Ranch followed by a panel discussion. 

 Doors: 6pm, Film: 630pm, Discussion: 745pm

Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. The film tells the true story of a man who encapsulated the dramatic balance of life in the American West.  The epic tensions between family, urban growth and ranching come alive in this documentary set on the family’s vast, fourth-generation cattle ranch. The film examines the tragic collision of the once wild West with today’s urban sprawl, in the shadow of a family quarrel that threatens the very existence of this special place. Kirk’s legacy and fight live on as his family and friends continue to protect the West by saving Hanna Ranch.

Complete details and RSVP can be found here.

Support Your Local Food Community this Colorado Gives Day!

Slow Food Denver School Gardens

Give where you live

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours! Last year, a record-breaking $20.9 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits. Please remember to take advantage of this unique opportunity to support the organizations working to strengthen our exceptional city.

At Slow Food Denver, we hope we can count on your support this year! 

Your donation will:
- Increase connections with and support for local farmers and producers
- Provide educational programming about the food system for our community
- Increase supplies, hands-on support, cooking lessons and garden – based curriculum development materials and workshops for over 60 school gardens in the Denver-area
- Strengthen advocacy for sustainable, local food policies

About Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring nearly 1,500 nonprofits. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

$1 Million Incentive Fund
Thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated

Thank you for supporting a healthy and vibrant local food system and school garden programs through Slow Food Denver!
Gratefully,
Your Team at Slow Food Denver

Let’s Grow School Gardens!

Eagleton Youth Farmers' Market

Eagleton Youth Farmers’ Market

Announcing our School Garden Barnraiser Campaign!

Join Slow Food Denver in our delicious revolution! We are launching an online giving campaign to increase our capacity to teach more metro-area students about good, clean and fair food by growing our school garden program.

We are asking for your support to raise at least $10,000. Together we can grow school gardens! This campaign is supported by an exciting new platform called Barnraiser, which supports sustainable food and farming initiatives. You can learn more and support us here.
By supporting this campaign, you will help us to:
• develop and launch after school garden and cooking programs
• empower garden leaders by providing more school garden educational resources
• launch more youth farmers markets and garden-to-cafeteria initiatives
• encourage deeper engagement by teachers in school gardens
• engage new schools, upper grade levels and new school districts.

Click here to join us

First C.A.F.E. Dinner at Harman’s Eat & Drink

Community. Art. Food. Education.

CAFE2We launched Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. in 2011 with the intent of building community through art, food, and education.  Our first venture was the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. microgrant project.  As a result, over the past three years we have successfully awarded $12,000 in microgrants to support local, sustainable food projects.

 

Each year, Slow Food Denver, Chipotle, and Grow Local Colorado select six finalists from numerous applicants to receive micro-grants of up to $3,000, furthering the work of food-focused organizations in the Denver Metro area.

The first three finalists for this year will present their work on Monday, September 8th at Harman’s Eat & Drink, where you will decide which organization receives $3,000, which receives $1,500, and who takes home $500 (everyone wins here!)

The evening will feature Jennifer Olson Photography and the three presenting finalists are:

Tickets are $65 per person, which includes cocktail reception, three courses with wine pairings, tax, gratuity, and a $40 tax-deductible contribution to the C.A.F.E. micro-grant program, helping to provide continued support to creative sustainable food organizations in Denver.

Where: Harman’s Eat & Drink, 2900 E. 2nd Ave.
When:  Monday, September 8th, 6-9:30 pm
Cost:  $65

Tickets can be purchased here:
http://sfdcafeharmans.eventbrite.com

With thanks to Chipotle and Grow Local Colorado for providing matching funds to support the micro-grants.


Farm Tours & Urban Ag Tours

Get to know the people & Stories behind Your food.

As part of Slow Food Denver’s mission to help connect links in the chain of the food system, the Farm & Urban Ag Tours allow people to meet the farmers and ranchers and agriculturalists who produce our food and learn more of the story behind our meals.

Each farm tour includes a tour of the operation where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to grow the food you love, along with a meal prepared with product straight from the field.

This year’s series includes (follow the links to purchase tickets, start times and costs vary):

July 26:  Farm Tour and Breakfast at Lyons Farmette
Begin the day with a catered farm-fresh breakfast, followed by a tour of the Lyons Farmette, a working sustainable farm and education center with a mission to support and empower the local food community.  Education programs at Lyons include how to keep bees, building cob ovens, brewing beer, and making cheese, drawing on some of the best educators, teachers, chefs, and agriculture experts in the Front Range.  This tour made possible in part by Door to Door Organics.  Thank you for your support!

2011-10 marys pics 2211August 3:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southeast Denver

Tour Sprout City Farms at the Denver Green School, Ekar Farm, and Garden Court Apartments, where refugee farmers tend a network of community garden plots and enjoy lunch at The Garden.

August 23:  Farm to Table Experience at Zweck Farm (with History Colorado)
Celebrate our local food traditions and heritage in this farm-to-table experience.  We’ve teamed up with History Colorado for a guided farm tour of Zweck Farm, recognized as one of the oldest working farms in the state, followed by an informal lunch created with products raised on-site.  This is a unique opportunity to reconnect with your food and the people who grow it at one of the state’s oldest working farms, rich with history and tradition.

2011-10 marys pics 2157September 6:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southwest Denver

Tour Aero Farm, a veteran owned vertical tower farm, Sprout City Farms’ Mountair Park Community Farm, a brand new farm that will be a resource for education, food access, and community collaboration, and Revision, an urban farming initiave that empower residents to build and advocate for community food systems.

September 13:  Farm Tour and Lunch at 63rd Street Farm
Nestled in Colorado’s historical Valmont Butte, 63rd St. Farm is located only a few minutes from downtown Boulder, but feels like it’s miles away. Amanda and Brian Scott founded the farm in 2007 and have transformed it into a thriving community through sustainable agriculture, and a commitment to health, wellness, and lifelong learning.  Following the tour of the farm, guests will enjoy wood-fired pizza made on site with farm ingredients.

bluebearSeptember 20:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Downtown Denver

On this Downtown tour, we’ll first go to Blue Bear Farms at the Colorado Convention Center, where we will get a tour from Produce Denver. Then we’ll visit Sustainability Park, where we’ll get a tour from the youth farmers at Green Leaf Denver. After that we will go visit a small farm in the RiNo district and then have lunch at the Horse Barn, the headquarters of Denver Urban Gardens.

urbicultureOctober 4:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Northwest Denver

Tour UrbiCulture Community Farms, a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels in the Denver Metro area.  Little Raven Farms, a neighborhood supported agriculture project based upon permaculture principles, and Sunnyside Up Farm, a neighborhood community supported agriculture farm.

Food: Our Global Kitchen at History Colorado

our-global-kitchen-food-nature-culture_homepage_slideStep into the story with a visit to the new exhibit Food: Our Global Kitchen, and take a journey around the world and through time. Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside the dining rooms of illustrious individuals—and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Food: Our Global Kitchen explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating, the exhibit illuminates the myriad ways food is produced and moved throughout the world.

Information about the exhibit can be found on the History Colorado website.

Slow Food Denver is partnering with History Colorado to conduct tasting sessions in the Taste Kitchen throughout the summer along weekly themes.  We are still looking for volunteers to assist with these tasting sessions – you can sign up here if you are interested.

In addition, we will be hosting a farm tour to a centennial farm in August.  More details on that coming soon!

Slow Meat 2014

Better meat, less.

That is the idea behind Slow Food USA’s inaugural Slow Meat Symposium, scheduled for June 20th – 22nd, 2014 in Denver, CO, in an effort to “turn the herd” toward a better animal agricultural food supply chain. Slow Meat will bring together policy experts, food system practitioners, producers, and of course eaters to identify practical points of intervention along the supply chain that will result in a menu of action items for the meat industry in America.

One hundred delegates from across the U.S. have been selected to participate in facilitated discussion to produce a menu of practical actions for Slow Food communities across the USA to deploy, measure, report and refine with the larger national community of advocates who seek change in our food system.

Slow Meat 2014 is only the beginning to Slow Food USA’s commitment to the goals of better and less meat.  We will reconvene the following year in 2015 for a grander, public-facing celebration and conversation of meat.

 

 

Volunteer for Slow Meat.
Slow Food Denver, as the host of Slow Meat 2014, is tasked with bringing the community together to help make sure this event is a success.  In order to do so, we will need the help of people just like you.

Volunteers will be needed for all aspects of, and leading up to, the event with tasks that range from preparing materials for delegates to helping to prep for the bison fabrication.

If you are interested in donating some time to this symposium, please email josh@slowfooddenver.org to be added to the volunteer list for the event.  Additional details about needed tasks and schedules will be provided in the next couple weeks.

Unsung Heroes Dinner Series

harmanseatdrinklogo-480x260Harman’s Eat & Drink has launched a dinner series to bring talented chefs into the spotlight, while benefiting a local non-profit.  This month, Harman’s has chosen Slow Food Denver as the beneficiary of their goodwill!

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