Old-fashioned strawberry social – join us, July 7!

Anthony's HomePort Strawberry ShortcakeJoin Slow Food Seattle, Jon Rowley, Anthony’s Homeport, Edible Seattle, and Parfait Ice Cream for a taste of summer – and all things strawberry!

Strawberry shortcake, strawberry lemonade, strawberry ice cream, and a tasting of local strawberry varieties! There will even be a cash bar available with strawberry margaritas…

Strawberry growers Steve Schuh of Schuh Farms, Chris McKnight of Thulen Farms in the Skagit Valley, and Russ & Dan Picha from Picha Farms in the Puyallup Valley will attend the Strawberry Social and bring the strawberries that are still available to compare and be available to discuss strawberry growing and varieties in the Northwest.

Space is limited to 40 guests, please RSVP by Tuesday, July 6th to info@slowfoodseattle.org with your name and the names of those in your party. We’ll reply with a confirmation that you’re on the list as well as if we’re already at capacity.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 – 5 to 7pm

Admission:
FREE for Slow Food members and all kids
$5/person for non-member adults
(all donations welcome, cash only at the door)

Location:
Anthony’s HomePort Shilshole Bay
6135 Seaview Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Join the conversation: Ben Hewitt author of “The Town That Food Saved”

The Town That Food SavedJoin Slow Food Seattle for our first foray towards an ongoing book club. We’ll be doing a combination of partnerships with Kim Ricketts Book Events and connecting with the incredible resources of our local authors. If you’d like to be involved, drop us a line or come to the event this coming Tuesday.

This is the first event in a series on food, sustainability and community called “Edible Conversations” and will take place on June 8th at 7pm at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom. Jill Lightner, the editor of Edible Seattle will interview Ben Hewitt about his life as a farmer, and the way a group of farmers and entrepreneurs banded together to create a comprehensive food system and revive the dying economy of Hardwick, Vermont.

Like many rural communities in America, Hardwick, Vermont was build on a industry that had packed up and left long ago, and the town had suffered from a depressed economy for over a century. With an unemployment rate of 40% and in the middle of a crippling recession, a small group of young farmers and community leaders embarked on a quest to create a comprehensive, functional and vibrant food system, bring jobs to their region and create new ways for them to make a living off their farmlands. As Ben tells the story of his one town’s transformation, there will be lessons for all of us who believe that a healthy, local agricultural system can be the basis of community strength, economic vitality and food security.

Joining Jill and Ben will be local chefs, Sequim farmer Kia Kozun of Nash’s Organic Produce, Chris Curtis, the Director of Seattle’s Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets and Mary Embleton, Director of the Cascade Harvest Coalition.

Brown Paper Tickets

contact us for SFS supporter promo code

**Slow Food Seattle supporters receive a significant discount – contact us for the promo code or sign up for our mailing list to receive directly.**

(Tickets here; RSVP details on Facebook)

The $25/person price includes appetizers and Theo chocolate confections; a cash bar will be available as well. Copies of The Town That Food Saved will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Ben Hewitt

Kim Ricketts Book EventsEdible Seattle

Terra Madre 2010: Apply by May 15th

Terra MadreEvery two years, Slow Food International hosts Terra Madre – a unique conference, in Torino, Italy. This year, Terra Madre will be held October 21 – 25, 2010. It is an international forum that gathers sustainable food producers, farmers, cooks, educators and activists from around the world to share their stories and traditions, as well as their innovative solutions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well. The delegate application period is now open, and all of the application information is below.

The Slow Food Seattle community has an abundance of eligible and qualified people in each of the categories: sustainable food producers, farmers, cooks, educators, and activists. The activist category is new this year, and encourages a wide variety of committed people to apply. Slow Food USA wants to select a delegation with a diverse set of interests and experience. Note the section below outlining what they term “food communities” who might apply as a complete unit.

Terra Madre - Torino, ItalySlow Food Seattle sent two delegates in 2008: graduate student and now Slow Food Seattle board member, Arwen Kimmel and board member and seafood/fishing advocate, Amy Grondin. Our chapter raised money to help Arwen offset her airfare, and they both returned to share this tremendous experience with our members.

Terra Madre was a once in a lifetime experience for me personally and professionally. As a graduate student I made invaluable contacts and collected in both the Earth Workshops and from Presidia Vendors that have helped to frame my dissertation work in chocolate and coffee. Personally I made friends I think I will have forever, ate food that was life-changing and gained an even greater appreciation for Slow Food and its goals.

- Arwen Kimmel

Delegates are chosen from all over the world. Slow Food International provides accommodations, meals, and local transportation. Observers, who must also apply, may attend any conference event, but must provide their own accommodations, food, and local transportation.

Good. Clean. and Fair.

The Salone del Gusto – the world’s largest artisan food marketplace – is held concurrently, in part for delegates to gain a deeper sense of how small-scale sustainable producers can market their products effectively.

We urge anyone motivated to join the world community in finding ways to make the food system better to consider applying. If you have any questions about Terra Madre, or the application process, please send them to terramadre@slowfoodusa.org or info@slowfoodseattle.org.

Details from Slow Food USA:

What is Terra Madre?
This is the fourth edition of the conference, held biennially in Torino. It was started for small-scale sustainable food producers from across the world – currently 150 countries – to talk about sustainable production and inspire each other and share best practices.  It now brings together people from all the links in the chain – farmers, educators, cooks, activists, students.
This year, the conference will be smaller by 25% across the board (not just the US delegation). Even with the size reduction, it is still a very large conference, with thousands of people in attendance.

What it means to be a delegate:
Paid conference attendance, housing and food and ground transport in Italy (paid by Slow Food International). Delegates are responsible for US ground transport and round-trip airfare to/from Italy.

What we’re looking for:
Food producers, educators, activists, cooks, students – people who will bring diverse experiences to share and who want to bring their experience back home.  In particular: people who have never been before.

Bringing Terra Madre home:
We know some of you have expressed disappointment when delegates have attended but not connected with their Slow Food community back home. We’re always looking for ideas on how to help those connections happen. For example, if you are helping to fund someone go to Terra Madre, it is reasonable to ask them to come back and give a talk to your chapter.

To download Arwen Kimmel’s PPT presentation that she shared after returning from Terra Madre 2008, click here. (PDF – 28MB)

New people:
We are eager to bring new people to the event so the maximum number of people have a chance to experience what Terra Madre has to offer.

How to apply:
To be considered, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and a food producer (e.g., farmers, fisher-people, wild food gatherers, etc.), cook, educator, student or activist.

You must complete and submit both parts of the application by May 15th (postmark date for the mailed portion). We will let you know the results of the application process by June 15th, 2010. We will contact you when we have received both parts of the application.

U.S. delegates pay for their own air travel to and from Italy, and ground travel in the U.S. Acceptance as a delegate includes conference attendance, in-country travel and meals, and housing for the duration of the event (an approximate value of $1,500). Please note that delegate housing is available only for delegates, and not for spouses or family members.

We encourage you to apply in a group as a food community:

  1. Geographic community: e.g. several different types of food producers who sell at the same farmers market could apply as the Ann Arbor Farmers Market food community; a chef and some of the food producers who supply to her restaurant could apply together as the Raleigh Growers and Chefs.
  2. Shared Production community: e.g. Gravenstein Apple Growers or American Raw Milk Cheese producers.

Representing yourself/selves as a food community is a wonderful way to demonstrate the ways in which different links in a production chain work together.

Application, Part 1:
Part one of the application is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJBRQ86 It should take no more than ten minutes to complete. If you are unable to fill this out online, please contact the Slow Food USA office at terramadre@slowfoodusa.org.

Application, Part 2:
Once you have completed part one, you can use part two of the application to be creative, and share your work. Please send in part two via regular mail:

c/o Terra Madre Coordinator
Slow Food USA
20 Jay St, Suite M04
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please answer all of the below questions that are applicable. Feel free to cut and paste language from a current source, such as your farm/restaurant/program website. Creativity is encouraged!

There is a minimum word count of 400 words (no maximum). The more you tell us, the more information we will have to make our decision.

Food producer: please describe your farm, facility, etc. Describe the guiding philosophy; growing practices; certification; labor practices, and anything else you think is important for us to know.

Cook: please describe the role you play at your establishment. Please describe your food philosophy, sourcing practices, how you work with (or would like to work with) producers, and anything else you would like us to know.

Educator: please describe the program you lead or work for. What is its guiding philosophy, structure, pedagogy?

Activist: please describe your organization or project, your role there, and your goals (both organizational and personal).

For all applicants:

  1. Include pictures of you, your farm, your restaurant, your school garden, your project, your food festival.
  2. Feel free to include testimonials from your students, employees, customers, etc.
  3. Please let us know if you are connected to the local Slow Food chapter in your community. If so, which one? How?
  4. Why do you want to come to Terra Madre?
  5. How do you intend to “bring Terra Madre home” to your community?

For more information, check out the U.S. Terra Madre Network portion of our web site.

Terra Madre

The Makah Ozette, a Potato with a Past

Makah Ozette Seed Now Available

“The history and the distinctive flavor of this potato give it a significant market advantage over most fingerling potatoes offered in today’s marketplace.” says Andrew Stout of Full Circle Farm.

Makah Ozette Potato

Makah Ozette Potato

It is visually attractive with its pale yellow color, rugged knobby shapes and many deep brows. It has unique earthy, nutty flavors that pair very well with grilled and roasted meats.

For the history and back story of this potato go to the Makah Ozette Presidia page at Slow Food USA or here for more .

Questions?
Contact Gerry Warren, Slow Food Seattle
Makah Ozette Potato brochure [PDF]

We now have an abundance of first generation seed available. Larger quantities 25 lbs+ can be purchased from:

Pure Potato
marlys@purepotato.com
360.354.6555
9020 Jackman Rd
Lynden, WA 98264

Smaller quantities are available from nurseries in the region:

Co-op Supply
Ph. 425.259.5571
2901 State St.
Everett, WA 98201

Co-op Supply

Ph. 360.659.1236
8323 State Ave.
Marysville, WA 98270

Portland Ave. Nursery
Ph. 253.473.0194
1409 East 59th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404-3555

Valley Nursery
Ph. 360.779.3806
20882 Bond Road Northeast
Poulsbo, WA 98370-9098

Stroh’s Feed & Garden Supplies
Ph. 253.858.2051
3408 Hunt St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-2097

Grange Supply
Ph. 425.392.6469
145 NE Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027-2996

Old 99 Nursery
Ph. 360.330.1426
21610 Old Hwy 99 SW
Centralia, WA. 98531

Sky Nursery
Ph. 206.546.4851
18528 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

Secret Gardens Landscape Supply

Ph. 360.379.3900
13570 Airport Cutoff Rd
Port Townsend, WA 98368


Seeking Nominees for the Slow Food Seattle Board

Know a good candidate? Help grow our board.

[Thank you for all the nominee submissions, stay tuned for an announcement of the final list of candidates – we are no longer accepting additional nominations.]

The Nominating Committee of Slow Food Seattle (SFS) is soliciting nominations of people who may become candidates for new positions on our board of directors.

The first section below describes the duties and expectations of a board member and the second section is the questionnaire one would use to make an application to the nominating committee.

The nominating committee will evaluate the applications, possibly interview the nominee and determine who would be a candidate based on the attributes they would bring to balance the needs and existing strengths of the board.

The nominating committee will select a slate of candidates for board approval. They will then circulate bios of the candidates to SFS members by email and call for a vote at either the annual meeting or by email.

Please send nominees to info@slowfoodseattle.org no later than February 22, 2010.

Duties and Expectations for a Seattle Slow Food Board Director

  1. Be or become a member of Slow Food and commit to a three year term as a (volunteer) director.
  2. Attend monthly Board or special meetings throughout the year plus annual retreats.
  3. Bring a skill set or cardinal knowledge to the board. i.e. event planning, accounting, IT, marketing, social media, graphic design, farming, fishing, food preparation, etc.
  4. Have the capacity to contribute to building the Good, Clean, Fair philosophy in our community and collaborating with other like-minded organizations.
  5. Be actively involved in making policy decisions that ensure Seattle chapter activities and communications reflect Slow Food core values.
  6. Contribute time, ideas, and effort in creating and implementing at least one event within a calendar year.
  7. Support Slow Food Seattle’s effort to recruit and maintain an active chapter membership by creating inclusive and balanced programming.

Questionnaire for Board Nominees


To apply please copy this section into a word document or email, respond to each question and send to our nominating committee.

  1. Contact and personal information.
  2. Are you familiar with Slow Food and if so what aspects of the organization have been of most interest to you?
  3. Which volunteer or professional organizations have you been a member and what was/is the extent of your involvement?
  4. Slow Food Seattle is dedicated to activities that create responsible and pleasurable experiences at the table. Please provide a brief description of your interest and activities related to such objectives.
  5. What attributes/skills would you bring to the Board of Directors and what roles would you see yourself contributing to on the board.

A Slow Holiday Greeting

Last week Slow Food Seattle hosted its final 2009 event at FareStart (see post below), and although the beans have not been counted, things are looking pretty good.  Slow Food Seattle has helped sponsor local youth participation at Terra Madre in Italy and at the Quillisascut Farm School in Rice, WA. Thank you to our members and friends who helped support our programs and initiatives to strengthen the local food community and advocate for good, clean and fair food for all.  We wish you all an exceptional and slow holiday season.

The Slow Food Seattle chapter is currently planning 2010 events and strategies for implementing Slow Food USA’s important mission locally. Good things are brewing, including:

  • Annual membership meeting/meet and greet
  • Italian olive oil presentation and dinner
  • Foraging event
  • After school food and nutrition classes at a local teen center
  • Terra Madre 2010 fundraiser

Good Turkey

Thanks to our friends at Cascade Harvest Coalition, here is a list of places who may still have heritage turkeys available for your Thanksgiving feast.  If you don’t have any luck, remember that you can still take the pledge to Eat Local for Thanksgiving – by signing up online www.eatlocalforthanksgiving.org, you become eligible to win a free turkey (ordered in July from Stokesberry Sustainable Farm in Olympia).  The drawing is on Friday, November 20.

Resources:

  • Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation – 425.333.0833 or 425.417.3947  They have a wait list so it might be good to call and get more info.
  • EverRanch, Auburn, 253.939.7984
  • Meadowwood, Enumclaw, 360.802.3845
  • Engustment Farms, 425.788.6369
  • Also, call the Meat Shop in Pierce County.  They butcher and sell local turkeys, 253.537.4490
  • Home Acres Farms Seattle (They grow in Whidbey and sell in Seattle), 206.940.4980
  • In Whatcom County:  Bernardo Frianeza at bafrianeza@comcast.net or 360.296.4425 He still had birds available as of Friday, but not many.
  • Tall Trees Exotics Farm:  Snohomish, 360-862-8903 (they haven’t updated their website since January 2009)