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2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Awardee – Mobile Seed Library

We are happy to announce that Sophie Javna and Rebecca Glazer  are awardees under our 2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Fund. This grant is to support their effort to build a Mobile Seed Library that can hitch a ride behind a bicycle to schools in their neighborhood. We look forward to seeing it rolling down the driveway at Prospect Farm or zipping by us on its way to school!

We would also like to thank those who helped fund the 2017 grants with their generous donations of time, facilities and great food: The Warehouse Restaurant, The Margarita at Pine Creek, Adams Mountain Cafe, the Sourdough Boulangerie, Tapateria/Pizzeria Rustica, AspenPointe Cafe, and The Flying Carrot.

And if you want to support Slow Food Pikes Peaks 2018 Education Fund grant cycle and support our community growth in good, clean, and fair food, you can donate right now on our home page, or join us in the fall at our fundraiser!

2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Awardee – Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

We are happy to announce that Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is an awardee under our 2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Fund. This grant is to support their effort to build a community garden for the downtown and near-downtown neighborhood. We look forward to seeing a community garden grow at the corner of Boulder and El Paso on that ground behind us in the photo above!

For more information or to donate to Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, visit their website.

We would also like to thank those who helped fund the 2017 grants with their generous donations of time, facilities and great food: The Warehouse Restaurant, The Margarita at Pine Creek, Adams Mountain Cafe, the Sourdough Boulangerie, Tapateria/Pizzeria Rustica, AspenPointe Cafe, and The Flying Carrot.

And if you want to support Slow Food Pikes Peaks 2018 Education Fund grant cycle and support our community growth in good, clean, and fair food, you can donate right now on our home page, or join us in the fall at our fundraiser!

 

2017 Education Fund Grant Applications Open

Applications are open for the 2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Fund Grants. These grants (up to $1000) are intended to support educational initiatives to encourage public awareness of food traditions, stewardship of the environment, and responsible care, harvesting, and consumption of plants and animals in the Pikes Peak region while meeting the Slow Food mission of “Good, clean, fair food for all”.  Residents of the Pikes Peak Region (Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Pueblo, Teller counties) are encouraged to apply for 2017 grants. Awards will be announced by June 1, 2017 and are expected to be used before May 30, 2018.

Details are included in the application form at: 2017 Jerald Bridgman Education Fund Application

Send completed applications to pikespeakco@slowfoodusa.org by March 31st of 2017. Please forward questions to pikespeakco@slowfoodusa.org.

Long Read on Modern British Agriculture and BREXIT Sheds Light on Global Issues

I know that it is hard to set aside the time, but if you read one article on change in globalized agriculture this month, this London Review of Books article on BREXIT and British Agriculture is masterful. Just go read it now.

I don’t know how best to summarize, but it puts a very human face on farmers while situating them in imperial history and global forces of modern agriculture practice.  Finding ways to be good to the earth and to respect those who raise food is critical if we are to find our way to the good, clean, and fair food system we need. This article exemplifies a compassionate and inquiring approach we can all hope to emulate.

If we want change we will have to find ways to make food work respectable, profitable, and environmentally sound. We can all work on that.

Update – High Country News on the Food Hub Grants

There is a new short article at High Country News on the Excelsior Food Hub and the grant (see our previous post ). There is an expanded explanation of the baselining effort to assess the impact of the hub on the local economy.

We will keep tracking along on this effort as it unfolds, hope that the lessons learned and shared can help grow local production, here and in the broader agricultural community.

Know your Chef, know your Farmer is key in Finding Local

We say “know your farmer, know your food”, but a recent long read in the Tampa Bay Times by Food Critic Laura Riley detailed how difficult it can be to know where the food in the restaurant or farmers market came from. Watch the story change from minute to minute as Laura lets folks know what she knows about the sources of their food (menu and market). It is an adventure you will not want to miss.

Highly recommended, and a nice lead in to our farm tour at Cloud 9 Farm and Wheeler Farm on May 22. One of the key reasons we like to visit farms in our neighborhood is so that we have some knowledge of where and how the products are raised/produced.  And also the reason we are big supporters of the Colorado Farm and Art Market, where they do an outstanding job of vetting all producers.

Know your farmer, know your food is key to rebuilding a vibrant local farming economy. Local seasonal products are at the heart of good, clean, and fair.