Food Tank: Twelve Organizations Promoting Urban Agriculture Around the World

new_crops-chicago_urban_farmFood Tank, a US organization which advocates for changes in the food system, shared their recent article, “Twelve Organizations Promoting Urban Agriculture Around the World.”

Why care about urban agriculture? Allyn Rosenberger, the author of the article, cites figures from the Resource Center on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) Foundation predicting that by 2020, 85 percent of the poor in Latin America, and about 40 to 45 percent of the poor in Africa and Asia will be concentrated in towns and cities.

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Slow Food USA ‘Give What You Can’ Day, November 29

SLow-Food-USA-come-to-the-tableMembers are the lifeblood of Slow Food USA and leaders in the food movement.

We want membership to be accessible for all, so on Tuesday, November 29, you’re invited to join Slow Food USA for ANY amount!*

Your donation to Slow Food USA helps the national organization to carry out its mission: to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.

When you make your one-time donation to Slow Food USA, please be sure to scroll down the page and select Iowa – Des Moines as your local chapter.

Designating Des Moines as your local Slow Food chapter helps in two ways: 1) we’ll be sure to have your e-mail address, so that we can send you the Slow Food Des Moines monthly e-newsletter; and 2) we need to maintain a roster of at least twenty-five current, paying members in order to maintain our Slow Food USA chapter status.
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Goodbye, November: Soup and Cookie Night, November 30

Let’s bid this month farewell, and get psyched up for what’s shaping up to be a very busy December. Slow Food Des Moines is hosting an informal weeknight soup and cookie meetup this Wednesday, November 30, 6 – 8:30 pm.

We’ll get together at the Cherry Glen Learning Farm in Polk City  (3989 NW 94th Ave) around 6 pm.

We’ll make a couple of kinds of soup and have cider to share. You bring some homemade cookies to share.

Sound like fun? Help us get an accurate head-count, so we’ll know how much soup to make –  please RSVP “going” on the Slow Food Des Moines Soup and Cookie event page on Facebook.

Hope to see you then!


Cherry Glen Learning Farm



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Volunteer Opportunity: Meals From the Heartland, December 9


What are you doing Friday, December 9? If you have a few hours free that afternoon, we invite you to join Slow Food Des Moines from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, as we work a volunteer shift at Meals From the Heartland.

Meals From the Heartland coordinates volunteers who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

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Join the Slow Food ‘Secret Snail’ Recipe Swap

slow-food-secret-snailLove holiday surprises and “Secret Santa” gift exchanges? Here’s a fun, secret swap with a Slow Food twist: Slow Food USA is coordinating a “Secret Snail Swapfor the next month.

Here’s how it works:

It’s really simple: share a recipe, receive a recipe. Slow Food members from around the world are invited to share a family recipe by Dec. 10 (Terra Madre Day), then receive a recipe from a member around Dec. 15. As Slow Food USA says, “[The Secret Snail Swap] is a great way to start a conversation with members across the world through food.”

Are you already imagining your favorite recipe to share? Good. You can submit your recipe for the Secret Snail Swap at this link. Submit your recipe, and (if you’d be so kind) tell them the story behind the recipe and why you like it (or why this particular recipe is a good representation of you, and where you come from). You can share your name with the recipient, or remain anonymous.

Share your recipe by December 10. Slow Food USA will share your recipe with another member, and you’ll get a recipe in return, by December 15.


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Slow Food Des Moines at Terra Madre

deb-terra-madre-food-pavillionsIn September, two members of Slow Food Des Moines attended Slow Food International’s bi-annual gathering, Terra Madre. The Salon del Gusto, as it is called, is a gathering that is part convention, part seminar, mixed in with a global marketplace, feast, and party held every other year in Torino (Turin), Italy.

Slow Food Des Moines board members Brett McClavy (chef at The Cheese Shop of DSM) and Deb Cazavillan (owner of Wooden Spoons Workshops) both attended Terra Madre as part of the Iowa / US delegation to the gathering.

Here are some of their reflections on their trip to the Slow Food international gathering:

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Celebrate Terra Madre Day, December 10

Terra Madre Day, Saturday, December 10, is Slow Food International’s annual day to promote the diversity of food traditions and production, and show how the Slow Food network is using its creativity and knowledge to express our love for the planet and defend the future for the next generations.

Each year on Slow Food’s anniversary, December 10, food communities and Slow Food convivia (that is, local chapters like ours in metro Des Moines) all around the world celebrate local eating, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable food production. Events around the world range from shared meals, fundraisers, community festivals, protests, workshops for children, field trips to visit producers, and much more. It’s a great opportunity to showcase diversity and Slow Food’s philosophy of good, clean and fair food to communities, the media and decision makers.

Join in the celebrations this year!
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