It’s Farm Tour Time!

Once again, Slow Food Denver is pleased to announce our annual Farm Tour Series.

Slow Food Denver’s farm tours are designed to cultivate the enjoyment of local food by connecting city-dwellers with local farmers. Each tour is an opportunity to learn about the food system and production practices while sharing a meal together and having fun.

This summer we’ll be visiting four different farms to learn about grassfed cattle, organic produce farming, farm-to-restaurant production, custom growing models, and pasture–raised poultry.  Most importantly, we’ll get to know the people who grow the food we eat.

Each event starts at 10am with a tour of the farm followed by a lunch featuring products from the farm. We’re usually finished around 2pm. Pricing includes the farm tour and lunch. Transportation will be on your own and we encourage carpooling. Tickets are available for each tour at the links below. Members- $20; Non-Members – $25; Students – $15;  Child 4-12 – $10; Under 4 – no charge

Bring your family and friends or come alone – you’ll have a great time!

For more information or to register, visit the Farm Tour or Events pages.

Have an Innovative Sustainable Food Idea? Apply For a Microgrant!

Last summer, Slow Food Denver awarded six $1000 microgrants to small, entrepreneurial businesses who are making things happen in our local food community. We’re pleased to announce that the second round of our C.A.F.E. microgrant program is open for applications.

We encourage Metro Denver individuals, small businesses, and/or non-profits with innovative ideas in the realm of sustainable food to apply. We’re especially looking for projects that encompass:

  • Children and Food: Projects that seek to increase the number of children who have access to real food in schools, learn where food comes from, and have experience growing, cooking, and sharing it
  • Healthy Food Access: Projects that seek to increase access to affordable, real food in low-income communities
  • Regional Biodiversity: Projects that seek to increase, protect, and promote biodiverse food and farming traditions that are an alternative to the industrial food system.

Applications are due by May 4, 2012 and instructions are in the form. Download the application and instructions here. Visit the C.A.F.E. page under the Community Table link above for more details.

Welcome to Our New Web Site!

It’s been a long journey, but Slow Food Denver is pleased to debut our new web site. Here you’ll find information about our programs, our events, our leadership, and how to get involved with Slow Food Denver.

Please take a few minutes to look around. If you find anything that doesn’t work, just let us know. And if you have any suggestions about our content, we’d like to hear them. Be sure to check back often — this will be the place to learn about everything Slow Food Denver is doing.

Thanks to Kathleen Rector for the design, Marilyn Noble for the content, Krista Roberts for the technical support and an eagle eye, and Tammara Hanna-Anansi for getting the event listings together. It truly was a team effort by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Happy Spring!

We have lots of exciting things coming up here at Slow Food Denver — crop mobs, farm tours, CAFE dinners and so much more. Check back often to see what’s happening!