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.
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
Hope to see you there, and slowest regards!
Applications 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.
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.
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!!
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.
Support real food and an end to childhood hunger.
How can you get involved?
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!
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!