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Slow Food Awards Nine Food Activists with Prestigious National Snailblazer Award

BROOKLYN, November 30, 2020 — Slow Food USA announced the fourth cohort of Snailblazers, individuals in the good food movement who have gone above and beyond for good, clean and fair food in the past year. They will be introduced during a virtual award ceremony and celebration on December 6, 2020, with recognition given by well-known celebrities and activists Isabella Rossellini, Alice Waters, Pierre Thiam, Edie Mukiibi, Winona LaDuke, Raj Patel and Chef Aarón Sánchez. 

The Slow Food Snailblazer award is one of the only grassroots, national awards that focuses on both sustainable food and community impact. The awards recognize individuals who are beloved in their communities, sometimes widely known but often not known nationally. Slow Food is pleased to announce the 2020 Snailblazer Award recipients:

  • Biodiversity Snailblazer Award: Michelle Week, farmer and proprietor, Good Rain Farm
  • Children and Education Snailblazer Award: Neha Shah, garden educator with Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Slow Food School Garden Network.
  • Cooking and Community Snailblazer Award: Phil Jones, chef and activist with Slow Food Detroit Central City; Detroit Food Policy Council; Oakland Avenue Urban Farm; Farmacy Food. 
  • Emerging Young Leader Snailblazer Award: Madi Taylor, leader with Slow Food Portland, and Lauren Nelson, leader with Slow Food Youth Network USA
  • Family Farming Snailblazer Award: Cory Carman, rancher with Carman Ranch
  • Fishing and Waterways Snailblazer Award: Talia Young, founder of Fishadelphia.
  • Food + Agriculture Advocacy Snailblazer Award: Adrian Lipscombe, leader with 40 Acres and a Mule Project, Uptowne Cafe & Bakery, Muloma Project, Grow La Crosse Board, YWCA Board
  • Food Justice Snailblazer Award: Sean Sherman, chef with NATIFS, The Sioux Chef, Indigenous Food Lab.

The Snailblazer Awards Party will feature Dominican singer-songwriter and healer Irka Mateo; breakout conversations with the Snailblazer awardees and Heritage Radio Network hosts Chef Aarón Sánchez, Lisa Held, Harry Rosenblum and Hannah Fordin; and a special cocktail demo with the Cocktail Bandits. The event starts at 5pm ET on December 6. More information is available here.


Slow Food USA seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. Slow Food USA reconnects Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. Our aim is to inspire and empower individuals and communities to fight for food that is good, clean and fair for all.

Press contact

Media passes to the event are available by contacting Giselle Kennedy Lord:


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