We have over 80 Slow Food USA chapters all across the country taking action to create a food system that works for them and their community. Some chapters emphasize education and school garden programs or supporting farmers markets and CSAs, while others focus on partnerships with community groups or fighting for good food policies. Each chapter has unique strengths and character that comes from local members like YOU.
When you join Slow Food USA, you become a member of one of our chapters. Local chapters and members engage with their local community to taste, celebrate and champion the foods and food traditions that are important to their regions. As a member of a local chapter, you will have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant local community of individuals who want to see a better food future and are eager to work together to build it. Simply select your preferred chapter when you become a member and get involved!
Good, clean and fair food for all doesn’t look the same everywhere!
“Serving a dense urban population, Slow Food Oahu works to connect our community with its food sources in a variety of ways. We value the traditional resources our land and culture have long provided and support a “‘ono and pono” food system for our island community’s future.”
“Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s (SFLT) mission is to connect our community to the enjoyment of good, clean and fair food by inspiring a self-reliant food culture. We educate the community about growing, preparing and accessing local and sustainable food.”
“Our lives are enriched by slowing down and enjoying life with family, friends, and like-minded folks here in Central Iowa. We work to spread food culture; to develop sensory and taste education; to protect biodiversity; and to promote quality in food, the environment, and society.”
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What Chapters do
Chapters host events
From workshops to film screenings, chapters use their creativity to put on many wonderful events that support the Slow Food movement. Some chapters like to host one large event while others prefer lots of small ones. Community groups may lend a hand or be invited to bring more voices to the table.
Chapters support school gardens
Slow Food Columbus
“The Slow Food Columbus Low-Tunnel for Schools Program is designed for educators who are able to harvest food with students before the end of the school year. Slow Food Columbus received a grant from the EPA to help with cost to install twenty-two school gardens in the Columbus City Schools District. The Low-Tunnels for Schools Director worked with the CCS Curriculum Department to provide training, workshops, and lesson plans. Our partners, Franklin Park Conservatory and Franklin Soil & Water provided site visits to schools to plant cold-weather seeds with students. Due to the success of the program, Columbus City Schools hired a full time coordinator to facilitate the school garden program, nutrition education, and Farm-to-School.”
Slow Food Denver
“We developed the Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment Program, which provides an interactive and multi-faceted learning environment transforming children from passive food consumers to creators, and in so doing increase their health awareness. Children will discover their own taste preferences, learn to create dishes they enjoy, derive self-esteem and pride as they watch their plants grow, eat them and share them to with their community. This is a weekly after school program that promotes the use of your school garden by getting students to learn about planting, maintaining, and harvesting, and then using this food in relevant cooking classes. These curriculums are adapted from the Slow Food USA’s Slow Garden Curriculum, written by Denver local, Gigia Kolouch.”