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

It only happens once a year

Please join us for the Slow Food Denver 2014 Annual Meeting

Monday, March 10th.  5:30 – 7:30

The Source Building, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more about Slow Food Denver and meet others with similar interests and passions.  We’ll gather in the common area at the Source, home of the new Slow Food Denver offices, for an open-house style celebration to mingle and learn about Slow Food Denver’s work and plans for the future.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities to get involved.  We will provide light snacks and beverages.

For those who have attended in the past, this year’s gathering will be less of us talking and more opportunity for you to socialize, learn and mingle.

Join us in creating positive change in our food comunity!


5:30 – 6:00 ~ Slowing down. . . socializing, eating, drinking

6:00 – 6:15 ~ Welcome

6:15 – 7:15 ~ Open house

7:15 – 7:30 ~ Closing remarks

 Please RSVP here!

Hope to see you there, and slowest regards!

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014

terra-madre-300x193Applications are now being accepted to be a delegate for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014 held in Turin, Italy.  Slow Food USA selects 240 delegates to represent the United States at this gathering and celebration of good, clean, fair food.  Every two years, Slow Food International gathers leaders from more than 160 countries to represent food traditions and culture from around the world.

While both events are open to the public, being selected as a delegate of Slow Food USA provides free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work.  Delegates selected to represent the diversity of food traditions and the Slow Food movement within the United States, as well as their ability to put what they have learned into use at home.

To apply click here to submit your application. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2014. To read more about the event and application process click here .

Food Resolutions for 2014

With the start of the New Year, many of us will be making resolutions to impact positive changes in our lives.  We hope that you will consider some food resolutions that can not only help you, but help our communities and the planet as well.  Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Cook –  Eaters can take back control of the food system by cooking more and, in the process, strengthen relationships and eat more nutritious – and delicious – foods.
  • Host a Dinner Party – It doesn’t have to be fancy, just bring people together.  Talk about food, enjoy a meal, and encourage discussion around creating a better food system.
  • Meet Your Local Farmer – Meeting your local farmer puts a face to where your food comes from and creates a connection between farmers and consumers.;

These ideas are pulled from the website “FoodTank, the Food Think Tank,” and the full article includes 11 more, for a total of 14 food resolutions that you can make for 2014.  You can find the article here, or on our Facebook page.   We’d love to hear what ideas and resolutions you’ve made for 2014, please feel free to comment on our Facebook page.

Slowest Thanks -

Thank You to All!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Slow Food Denver on Colorado Gives Day, this past December 10th, 2013.  Our goal was to reach $5,000 to help support our programs.  Thanks to the great community of Colorado food citizens, we reached and exceeded that goal, raising $7060.97!!

Thank-You-Food

We look forward to serving the Denver food community for years to come.  Thanks once again for your support, and a happy holidays to all.

Heroes Against Hunger

Join the party!

Support real food and an end to childhood hunger.

Slow Food Denver is excited to partner with Share Our Strength, some of Colorado’s best chefs, local organizations and community members for the Heroes Against Hunger Block Party.  This Saturday, August 17, University of Denver’s Campus Green will be transformed into a carnival-like experience for all ages with carnival games, bounce houses, great food from local chefs, beer, wine, live entertainment and a farmers’ market with live demonstrations.  Slow Food Denver will host salsa-making workshops for youth and a Youth Farmers’ Market stand, highlighting our school garden programming.
When: Saturday August 17, noon-5pm
Where: University of Denver’s Campus Green (on Asbury between York and Race).
Cost: Free admission.  All games, food and drinks $1-6
Parking is FREE for guests in the Law School parking garage located on Asbury between York and Gaylord.

How can you get involved?

Join the fun.  Admission is free.  All games, food and drinks are ticketed (purchased at the door).  This is a family-friendly event!
Volunteer.  Volunteer at the event, in shifts or all day.  All volunteers receive five food/game tickets.  Please email Alex at Share Our Strength if you are interested.   abergland@strength.org
Provide a Scholarship.   Can’t make it to the event, but want to help?  You can sponsor a scholarship to help a family to attend, for as little as $10!  Donate a scholarship here:  https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27285
Learn more about the Heroes Against Hunger Block Party:   http://www.heroesblockparty.com/

Gigia Speaks about Slow Food in the Garden at the American Horticultural Society Conference

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As if The Denver Botanic Garden is not beautiful enough on its own, pair it with a group of people from around the US devoted to the cultivation of youth gardening programs and you’ve got absolute splendor. This past weekend The Denver Botanic Gardens hosted the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium which is a premier annual gathering showcasing the latest trends, practices, programs and educators that engage children in the garden.

One keynote speaker introduced the idea cleverly as “giving children a dose of vitamin “G” (green).” The speaker then outlined the latest research that has investigated the effect of this “vitamin” on both schools and communities. Predictably, gardens trees and vegetables have been objectively found to increase concentration, decrease stress and foster better coping mechanisms for life’s challenges.

While there were over 50 educational sessions and workshops that expanded upon this idea, our own Gigia Kolouch hosted a workshop that provided some invaluable insight into how Slow Food plays a role in the garden. After providing a progressive tasting of tomatoes and a detailed description of why sensory awareness is crucial for intuition and culinary success. Gigia outlined how this awareness can be practically implemented within the community. Needless to say, participants acknowledged gratefully how inspirational and informative the session was for their own benefit and their respective garden education programs. Thank you Gigia!

Denver Crop Mobs are ready for you!

It’s time to get out and get dirty! We’ve got three Crop Mobs all set up (starting March 16!), and more in the works. Check out our Schedule of Events, and register now! Help sustainable agriculture in Denver, meet new friends, and learn new things!

 

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!