All posts by Gail Johnson

Delegates Reflect on Terra Madre 2016

We are planning a community potluck event to hear about the experiences of our three Slow Food USA delegates to Terra Madre 2016 – Doug Wiley, Kim Wiley, and Sophie Javna.   This event will be held on January 18th at 6:00 pm.  Come at 6 pm to socialize, the meal will start at 6:30 and the presentations at 7 pm.   This event is Free but please RSVP if you plan to attend

Please bring a finger food to share, and your beverage of choice.  Sette Dolori Winery will be offering wine tastings and is offering special pricing at this event if you would like to buy some wine to share there or take home to enjoy.  To make sure you get the wine you want, you can pre-order by e-mailing Tim Biolchini at

Directions to the venue:

Exit I-25 at Fillmore and go west crossing Centennial and past Coronado HS to Mesa Road.  Turn right on Mesa and take the first left into La Posada del Sol.  The Clubhouse is straight ahead.  Beware of a severe dip entering the parking lot  If the parking lot is full there is on-street parking on one side of the street only.  The other side is marked by no parking signs. Do not park in spaces designated for residents. 

CFAM Winter Markets

The Winter Colorado Farm and Art Markets start Sunday, January 15.  The markets are from 11 am to 2 pm every 3rd Sunday through May.  They are being held at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E Colorado.

Below are the dates of all of the markets:

  • January 15  11-2
  • February 19  11-2
  • March 19  11-2
  • April 16  11-2
  • May 21  11-2

Please support Colorado Farm and Art Market during the winter as well as during the summer.  Hope to see you there.

Prospect Farm Harvest Festival this Sunday

There is a Harvest Festival at Prospect Farm this Sunday so make sure to stop in if you can. And if you get a chance, say “Hi” to Sophie Javna, one of our Slow Food Pikes Peak delegates to Terra Madre Salone de Gusto in about two weeks.

And if you want to support Sophie on her journey, you can donate at:

For details, see this Harvest Fest Flyer

Join or Renew Your Slow Food USA membership

The plight of our biodiversity is more urgent than ever: In the last century, we lost 95 percent of our agricultural biodiversity in the United States.

Help us define the next century as 100 Years of Plenty. Our Ark of Taste activists are planting the seeds of change every season. Support this biodiversity work with your donation today. For the month of June, any donation makes you a member of Slow Food USA.

If you or someone you know wishes to become a Slow Food USA member or renew their membership, now is a good time to do that.  Go to Slow Food USA and find out how.

Colorado Springs Backyard Farms class. Graft your own Pawpaw tree — $40 Advanced Registration Required

Pawpaws are one of the Ark of Taste foods.  If you are interested, details are below:

Advanced registration through Buckley’s is required for this class.  

In the class you will learn all about pawpaws, and graft your own tree. Pawpaws are this country’s largest native fruit found wild from Nebraska and Kansas all the way to the east coast. Pawpaws can do well here given a little extra water, and partial shade when young. The mango size fruit is sweet with a tropical taste and aroma. Pawpaws grow into small bushy trees that can fit in even a small yard.

In this class we will start with a short presentation on pawpaws, then we will learn how to graft our tree. We start with large 3 year trees, and graft a superior fruiting variety onto it. Expert instruction, all materials, and a grafted tree are all included in this class. Because pawpaws cannot be reproduced from cuttings, all root stock must be grown from seed. This takes several years and is much more expensive. Grafted pawpaws from good mail order nurseries cost $30-$40 each, and are much smaller than the ones we will be grafting making this class a good deal. Seating is limited to about 10 participants.