‘Dig In’ For Earth Day This Friday, April 20


If you’re looking for a meaningful-but-fun way to celebrate spring, and good, clean, sustainable local food in advance of the weekend Earth Day observances, this Friday, April 20, the newly-rechristened Central Iowa chapter of Slow Food USA is having a ‘Dig In!’ kickoff event from 2 – 5 pm at The Cheese Bar on Ingersoll Avenue.

Local Slow Food members (including Farmer Jordan from Grade A Gardens) will be planting some heirloom seeds in the new raised beds, while we all enjoy some slow “bubbles and bites” in the sunshine on the new patio.

square-give-what-you-can-promo1.pngIt’s also give-what-you-can day. The event will also be celebrating Slow Food USA’s “Give What You Can Day,” where any donation amount* during the “Dig In” Friday event makes you a member of the new Slow Food Central Iowa group.

It is a great opportunity for new (and “old”) folks to get involved!

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization whose supporters around the world are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and environment.

For more information. You can find out more information about the “Dig In” event, or about Slow Food Central Iowa (formerly known as Slow Food Des Moines) on the group’s Facebook page.


*(Slow Food USA membership is normally $60/year)

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Annual Harvest Potluck Sunday, October 1

Fall is here — time to enjoy the bounty!

Sunday, October 1st, we are celebrating this year’s harvest at Slow Food Des Moines’ autumn potluck at Walnut Woods Lodge.

Bring a dish to share, along with your own plates and utensils. And of course, it’s fine to BYOB…

The annual Harvest Potluck is a great opportunity to share some of your favorite dishes with friends (and also to get some ideas about what to do with that bounty of late-season garden produce).

Date and Time: Sunday, October 1, 4 – 6PM

Location: The lodge at Walnut Woods State Park, 3155 Walnut Woods Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Come early; stay late. Also take advantage of this beautiful park, bring your hiking boots and explore. Just minutes from town, but with the remoteness that feels like being far out in the country, Walnut Woods State Park encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottom land along the Raccoon River. Within the park lies a large surviving natural stand of black walnut trees, great for bird- and wildlife-watching. The park has two and a half miles of walking trails, fishing (from the shoreline or bring your boat – there’s a boat launch), and even equestrian trails.

Please follow the Harvest Potluck event page on Facebook in case there are any last-minute updates or changes.

Many thanks to Matt Butler for the beautiful event poster.



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‘Slow Dinner,’ September 25, Benefits Iowa Homeless Youth Centers’ Rooftop Garden

2017-Slow-Food-DSM-Slow-DinnerEvery year since 2013, Slow Food Des Moines has worked with Central Iowa farmers, producers, and chefs to organize a special “Slow Dinner” to raise funds for a local organization.

This month, Slow Food Des Moines is honoring and “raising the roof” (and some much-needed funding) for the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers’ Roof Top Gardens Project.

The September 25 Slow Dinner will be a collaborative effort among several local businesses, all of whom are involved in Slow Food Des Moines:

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Seed Savers Conference / Campout July 14-16

Heirloom seed preservationists and purveyors Seed Savers Exchange are holding their annual conference and group campout this weekend, July 14 – 16.

Here’s how the Decorah, Iowa, institution describes the upcoming conference weekend:

“Cultivate community, knowledge, and an appreciation of seeds during the 37th annual Conference & Campout. Each year in July, gardeners, educators, and leaders in the seed world gather at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, inspiring keynote speakers, community, and great local food.”
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Kitchen Takeover July 17 at IHYC

Volunteer with us, Monday, July 17, as we feed the youth for the day at the Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC) in downtown Des Moines.

Once again, Slow Food Des Moines is taking over IHYC’s kitchen for the day, from 8 am – 6:30 pm.

Several volunteers are needed at 612 Locust Street for each of the three 2-1/2 to 3-hour time slots:

3 people Morning 7:30am – 10am
3 people Lunch 11:30am – 2pm
3 people Dinner 3pm – 6:30pm
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Potato Day at Grade A Gardens, April 23

Want to help stock local food pantries with local produce? Join Farmer Jordan at Grade A Gardens next Sunday, April 23, and help plant potatoes!

Here’s the Potato Planting ‘Party’ info:

When: Sunday, April 23
11-2 PM

Where: Grade A Gardens
9050 NW 62nd Ave
Johnston, IA 50131

What / Whom: We need about 10 people to help plant potatoes — although Jordan says he’d gladly take “up to 20 volunteers, it just means we will be done sooner.”

Why? Food security is a concern for many families in our community. Local organizations that help to feed the hungry, and help stock the pantries of families in need, are always in need of fresh produce to share with their clients. Slow Food Des Moines is working with Grade A gardens this season to plant and harvest a small potato crop to help meet this need.

How: Volunteers can sign up in advance by contacting Jordan directly:
P: 515-554-4306
E: GradeAGardens@gmail.com

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April 17: Kitchen Takeover at IHYC


Volunteer with us, Monday, April 17, as we feed the youth for the day at the Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC) in downtown Des Moines.

Slow Food Des Moines is taking over IHYC’s kitchen at 612 Locust Street for the day, from 8 am – 6:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed for three 2-1/2 to 3-hour time slots:

  • 3 people Morning  7:30am – 10am
  • 3 people Lunch  11:30am – 2pm
  • 3 people Dinner 3pm – 6:30pm

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