“Our regional, local food system is based on this movement. I think that’s pretty incredible. The ethos of the organization exists beyond the organization itself… Slow Food chapters are the body of what Slow Food USA is doing. People have a keen interest now in understanding their food, especially because of climate change. Food goes well beyond just diet.”
Everyone should be mindful of the history of food. So many American foods stem from wild edible native American foods.
The message is to slow down. Gather around the bread making or the smell of sautéing onion. Let that capture your attention, get involved. It is innate within you already.
“Food sovereignty is reconnecting to and celebrating one’s roots and ancestry and not needing to ask permission to feed yourself, your family and your community foods that are culturally appropriate.”
Elsi encourages others to look at Slow Food, to pick and choose what can be applied to the needs of their community and adding their own “flavor” to it, much the way her residents use the fruits of the community garden. Nothing makes her smile more than walking into the garden to a chorus of, “my grandma used to make that!”
I cannot help but mourn the the arrogance of modern people who disregard the ways in which the indigenous ancestors of this land walked; amnesia of how this land has been stewarded for over a millennia upon the oak savanna and foothill forests.