Slow Food USA Receives Historic $1.2 Million
Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
BROOKLYN, NY (June 4, 2012) – Slow Food USA, a national non-profit dedicated to creating a world where the food we eat is good for us, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet, has received a landmark $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. The three-year, capacity building grant will help Slow Food work to address inequities in the food system by raising awareness internally and externally, building relationships with diverse communities and establishing partnerships with organizations in this area of work. The grant will also fund the development of a public initiative that embraces the values of Slow Food and its history through celebrating, reclaiming and creating local food cultures.
This is the single largest grant Slow Food USA has ever received.
“This is a historic moment for Slow Food USA and it could not have come at a better time as we build momentum for the next few years,” said Katherine Deumling, Board Chair of Slow Food USA. “There is great inequity in our food system, and we must all work to make it easier for everyone to access good, healthy food – through preserving our diverse foods and food traditions and through building bridges with communities negatively impacted by the industrial food system. We’re grateful for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s support and confidence in Slow Food as a key force for change.”
“Slow Food USA has a long and successful track record in the good food movement. This investment will help them to expand their reach so more people across the country benefit,” said Linda Jo Doctor, program officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We’re confident that Slow Food’s extensive network will help more children and families get the good food they need to thrive.”
Slow Food USA is part of a global, grassroots organization with supporters in over 150 countries who believe that food and farming should be sources of health and well-being for everyone. Through international and national advocacy, local projects and bringing people together through the common language of food, Slow Food members and supporters are making it easier to access real food. Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food USA’s network includes 200,000 supporters and 225 chapters in nearly every state. For more information, visit www.slowfoodusa.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
BoCo Foodists Come Together Right Now!
What’s your interest?
Local Farms? Backyard Gardens? Permaculture Landscape Design? Crop Mobs on Farms? School Gardens? Cooking? Eating? Sustainable agri? Sustainable local economy?
What type of food community do you desire?
Want to create and be involved with local agriculture? Interested in converting yours or others’ lawns into an edible landscape? Let’s occupy our economy by creating our own – with food – through Community Sufficiency!
With the weather so great, how will you spend your time outside?
A flash mob is where persons unknown to each other gather at a moment’s notice to accomplish a group goal, where a common interest & passion is expressed during the process. A crop mob works the same, but gets you outside and involved with food cultivation.
Interested in learning about any of the above ideas? Stop by our open meeting Sunday June 3 @ 4PM.
In case you missed our annual meeting, or if you’re already ready to get involved, we’re following up with a meeting to kick-start a few events, programs, and our new board. We’ll also be joined by Slow Food Regional Governor Jane Bauer. Please join us (and bring a friend who might be interested as well)!
What: Slow Food BoCo Food Activists’ Brainstorm Gathering
When: Sunday, June 3, 4-6 pm
Where: Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
Cost: Free and open to all – members and non-members
NOTE: PLEASE DON’T PARK IN THE ALFALFA’S LOT; PARK ACROSS THE STREET IN THE FREE LIBRARY PARKING LOT; THIS IS THEIR BUSIEST TIME OF DAY AND THEY REQUESTED WE LEAVE THE LOT FOR CUSTOMERS. THANKS!
We hope to see you this Sunday, June 3!
Check out this fabulous menu for our Slow Food Winter Celebration Dinner at The Pinyon- Monday, Jan 16th at 6:30 pm.
There are just a few spots left at the table… please come and join us. RSVP today to email@example.com
-Allan Benton’s Smoky Country Ham vs. La Quercia Speck
-Preserved Fruits and Vegetables
-Fresh Pulled Mozzarella, herb salads, grilled flat bread
-Carolina Risotto, pumpkin, chevre, pomegranate, spiced pumpkin seeds, grilled chicories, gingerbread crumbs
-Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Old bay corn flakes, peanuts, mint vinaigrette
-Fried Chicken, house made bourbon barrel cured maple syrup, heirloom cornmeal flapjacks
-Roasted Tender belly suckling pig, green apple “mostarda”, heirloom grits.
-Roasted root salad, tarragon, mint, smoked egg, pear, farro, horseradish
Slow Food Winter Celebration Dinner
Join us for a tribute to winter with a farm-to-table meal at The Pinyon. This year, we saved our annual Holiday celebration for after all the hustle and bustle and for the calm of winter; we have special invitations to our farmers as well. Slow Food members, local farmers and guests will dine together to get to know one another and celebrate the year’s harvest.
Where: The Pinyon, 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $55 for members/ $65 for nonmembers (includes tax and tip); credit card payments have $2 handling fee.
RSVP (with payment) by Jan 10, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Delicious and seasonal menu; includes two drinks (wine & beer offered).
The Pinyon is a Rocky Mountain artisan bistro focused on small batch, craft driven food and drink. They offer a unique rendition of American cuisine and respect the legacy of our shared culinary heritage by balancing the use of foraged ingredients with the seasonal bounty of our Front Range farms.
New ways to pay:
Mail a check ($55/members and $65/non-members)
Slow Food Boulder County
c/o Tiffany Cooper
701 31st Street
Boulder, CO 80303
We hope to see you at The Pinyon on January 16!
Kuvy Ax & Tiffany Cooper
Boulder’s premier local food event kicks off this weekend with a host of activities and special events designed to celebrate our local family farms, restaurants, and farmers’ markets, including the organizations and grocers who support them.
The week officially begins at the Boulder and Longmont farmers’ markets where you can visit the Eat Local tent and take the 10% Pledge — committing up to 10% of of your food budget to locally-sourced food over the next year!
Visit the Transition Colorado site for a full line of of mouth-watering and thought-provoking ways to celebrate the local!
Join Slow Food Boulder County, Denver Botanic Gardens and Edible Front Range for the 1st Annual Farm Bike Tour
Register today: botanicgardens.org
Want to be a bigger part of the sustainable agriculture movement?
Friday, August 19
9 am to 1 pm
The Urban Farm at Stapleton
10200 Smith Rd, Denver, CO 80239
We will be planting about 40-45 5-gallon fruit trees donated by The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.
The trees are part of an educational program which focuses on the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet.
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: a fun fruit dance, fruit tree identification activity, facts/quiz, and fruit snack preparation demo.
After the program, a planting demo for the adult volunteers will be given and, if the students are able to remain, we’ll plant the orchard all together. If they have to leave, we’ll finish planting the orchard with the adult volunteers.
The Urban Farm at Stapleton focuses on improving the lives of children living in high-risk,
urbanized neighborhoods by helping to create a sense of positive self-regard and self-reliance, a strong work ethic, and hope.
Lend your hands to make urban agriculture successful!
Lunch and beverages provided.
Don’t forget sunscreen, appropriate clothing and water bottles.
We would love to make this a zero-waste event, so try to bring your own ‘picnic kit’ for lunch
- we’ll have back ups for anyone who forgets or can’t do it.
Click here for the latest happenings with Slow Food Boulder County. Slow News: August 2011
Morocco inspires visions of smoking tagines, those conical terracotta cooking vessels that slow-cook delectable meat and vegetables with spices, preserved lemon, and when called for, fresh and dried fruit.
Come and join us around the fire for a presentation of local flavor
renditions of traditional dishes as well as creative interpretations.
(Cure Farm veggies and locally sourced everything)
Tagine of Chicken, preserved lemon and fresh coriander
Tagine of Lamb with cinnamon and prune
Pepper Salad with argan oil and preserved lemon
Carrots with Cinnamon and ras al hanout
Fresh green salad straight from the farm
Grilled Peaches with Honey
Learn from Slow Food Boulder founder Peggy Markel how to prepare these dishes, preserved lemons, the value and flavor of argan oil and what constitutes the ambiance and mystery of Moroccan atmosphere. Recipes go home with you, along with a summer night well celebrated!
Join us for music, fanfare and a beautiful time together.
July 30, 5-8 pm
Cure Organic Farm: 7416 Valmont Rd., Boulder, near 75th
$55/members; $65/non-members; proceeds help Slow Food BoCo programs
RSVP: email@example.com and mail a check made out to Slow Food Boulder to Carol Carlson, PO Box 525, Boulder, CO 80306. Reservation confirmed upon receipt of check.