From Slow Food:
Join the “delicious revolution.” On Dec. 9, Slow Food Northern NJ celebrates good, clean and fair food for everyone at The Woodland (60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ) in honor of Terra Madre Day. From 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., the public is welcome to meet local farmers and food artisans, stock up on the best of local, sustainably-produced foods and support school and community vegetable gardens in low- income areas of northern NJ.
Terra Madre Day, officially Dec. 10, is Slow Food’s anniversary.
Slow Food chapters all around the world celebrate local eating, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable food production. This Dec. 9 market is Northern NJ’s way to spread the word about how we can all change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.
It’s also an important fund raiser. A suggested donation of $3 at the door supports Slow Food Northern NJ’s school and community garden fund. Supporting local (including urban) farmers, providing low-income families in our area with access to fresh vegetables and teaching kids about gardening and nutrition are at the foundation of Slow Food’s mission. This chapter is run by a small group of volunteers.
Chef, activist and Slow Food USA Vice President Alice Waters also founded the Edible Schoolyard Project (https://edibleschoolyard.org/). In June 2018, she was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Gastronomic Sciences (founded in 2004 by Slow Food International in Pollenzo, Italy). Waters says, “I think the most important thing to do is to begin in kindergarten with little children when they’re open and excited about being outside and being in nature.” She continues, “If we can introduce them at that moment; if the public school system believed, as you do here at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, that food and agriculture was as important as academics — maybe more important than academics — we could change the way people eat on this planet.”
Slow Food was founded in Italy in 1989. Its stated mission was to counter the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat and where it comes from.
Today, there are 100,000 Slow Food members, working for good, clean and fair food in 150 countries, from Kazakhstan to Mexico. Slow Food USA was founded in 2000 and now has over 200,000 supporters, 200 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide.
Slow Food Northern NJ’s volunteer board organizes events, gatherings and educational opportunities in NJ. We also work with Slow Food USA and Slow Food International to stay connected to the greater network and its initiatives like the Plant a Seed Campaign, the Ark of Taste in the USA, Slow Food Nations, Chefs’ Alliance, Food & Farm Policy and Terra Madre.
• Believe that delicious nutrition is a right for everyday life
• Cultivate joyful connections to community and place
• Advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies
• Protect natural resources for future generations
• Help people and the environment depend on each other
• Promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown
• Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws
• Require no prerequisite or credential for participation
• Fight for dignity of labor from field to fork