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.

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 tbiolchini@settedolori.com.

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: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/send-pikes-peak-food-leaders-to-terra-madre.

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.

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.