Slow Food Bluegrass is an all volunteer local chapter of Slow Food International. We seek to carry out the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all, which means a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food Bluegrass supports the activities and education of like-minded individuals, businesses and organizations. Food is a part of our daily lives and is central to our culture and celebrations. We encourage the community to get involved with Slow Food by bringing good, clean and fair foods to their tables through events, community outreach and our school garden program.
The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.
When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.
We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.
SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM
The Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Program awards grants to teachers who want to create a program around growing and cultivating food. Every year we award a number of schools and organizations with a $5000 grant to start your program.
We have a number of festivals to help us raise money for outreach and education. These flavorful events feature great chefs, farmers and or course, food. All events are free and open to the public!
Come together around the table and enjoy a nice meal or educational workshop. Every event is free and open to the public so bring a friend and don't forget to get on our mailing list!
Become a MEMBER of Slow Food Bluegrass!
Members are at the heart of Slow Food. As a member of Slow Food Bluegrass you are part of an international movement that includes people in over 160 countries working together to bring integrity to the food we eat and the way it is grown. Your membership dollars support Slow Food USA’s network of members, volunteer leaders and local partners who change the world every day.
JOIN the Slow Food conversation!
Discuss slow food and food culture with other like-minded folks on our Facebook page. Tell your friends about Slow Food Bluegrass friends and help us spread the slow food message.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us do anything from promoting Slow Food at community events (we have a beautiful Slow Food tent) to flipping local burgers at a festival.
All photos by Christopher Shadix