Slow Food Solano Goals
The Solano Slow Food Convivium is a local chapter of the non-profit Slow Food USA (www.slowfoodsolano.org and www.slowfoodusa.org). A better, cleaner, and fairer world begins with what we put on our plates - and our daily choices determine the future of the environment, economy, and society. Our mission is to help create and sustain a food system that is:
- Good: Our food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh, and wholesome.
- Clean: Our food should nourish a healthy lifestyle and be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment, and ensure animal welfare - without harming human health.
- Fair: Our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.
- For all: Good, clean, and fair food should be accessible to all and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and nations that reside in the USA.
~ Solano Slow Food Happenings ~
Congratulations to our School Garden Grants 2014 Recipients ! View the list
For more information and to view a press release regarding the school garden grants and other resources visit our School Gardens page.
Help Spread Solano County Bounty to Those in NeedIf you're burdened by an abundance of produce, let the Pipelines help you share the wealth! The Vaca Produce Pipeline and Fairfield Suisun Produce Pipeline help distribute excess fruit, vegetables and nuts to those in need. If you produce more than you can use, volunteers will happily help you collect the surplus and distribute to local programs such as Mission Solano, Heather House, and other shelters and food distribution programs.
During Farmers Market season, the groups collect donations Saturdays at the Vacaville Farmers Market and Thursday evenings at the Fairfield Market. The generous farmers donate their surplus fruits and vegetables or produce at the end of the market day. Volunteers gather it up and deliver it to local food banks and meal providers. But during fall and winter, clients look forward to the citrus, persimmons, and other fruits and nuts from residents' backyards and ranches to help balance nutrition needs and brighten up the short, stormy days.
If you have vegetable gardens or fruit trees in need of harvesting or are interested in volunteering, please call Fern Henry (Vacaville) at (707) 448-4792 or Karyl Hendrick (Fairfield-Suisun) at (707) 399-7080. Please consider offering your support. For more about these organizations and to learn more about what you can do to help, visit vacaproducepipeline.blogspot.com, or fsproducepipeline.blogspot.com.
~ Slow Food News ~
Pleasants Valley Farms Trail Map Available
Incredible resources for fresh, organic and tasty foods are readily accessible just off Highway 80 near Vacaville. Download the brochure that maps out some of these not-to-be-missed foodie havens!
Teacher resources are available