As promised for your spring and summer reading pleasure, SFB is pleased to present the first installment of SFB's Gardening Blog Series Gardening with Chris as part of our "Boston Grown" theme this year! Join Chris on his personal quest to start a backyard garden for the first time and successfully growing delicious edibles throughout the warm seasons. In his starting entry, Gardening with Chris Part One: Plotting & Seeding, Chris shares his personal account as an amateur gardener on how to create his own garden plot and start seeds indoors. In each entry, Chris will also share great tips on how to turn these tasty garden treats into delectable gourmet eats, including long-lasting preserves that can brighten up a dish and give it that special kick! Whether you're a fellow gardening novice or a long-time expert, we welcome you to share any thoughts, tips, and gardening tricks with Chris and other Slow Food community members alike through this online forum. Happy gardening!
As gardening season kicks off under Slow Food Boston’s theme Boston Grown this year, we’re happy to introduce the Slow Food Boston Gardening Series, a blog series about gardening from one of our very own members, Chris Kieffer, who offers us a first-hand account on gardening as a novice and learning about the joys (and “growing” pains) of starting a vegetable garden for the first time. While documenting his progress, Chris will also share personal insights and lessons learned, valuable tips on how to grow seasonal greens, and offer delicious recipes for your eating pleasure. From seedling to supper, we’ll learn about gardening do’s and don’ts, discover the rewards of growing your own greens organically with a little backyard care, and get a deeper understanding of what it takes to turn a tiny seed into a dinner delight.
Even if you’re not a farmer, a local producer, or a home cook, anyone who shares the Slow Food values of eating “good, clean, and fair” can grow your own food with zero miles from source to plate – these are some of the things we want to highlight this year. Visit our Blog next week to check out the first installment!
Thank you to all of you who expressed interest in joining our board to kick off a fun-filled new year of supporting our local food community! After a thorough selection process, our new board members are finally here and we could not be more excited to introduce them to all of you! These 4 exceptional and talented women have a lot to contribute to the programs and activities we all have in store for you.
Meet your new board members!
Carol Caperchi, Membership Builder and Co-Owner of Seven Hills Pasta Co.
Janet Lill, Marketing Extraordinaire and long-time Slow Food Supporter
Jane Milne, Event Guru and former Slow Food University of Wisconsin member
Rachel Orchard, Community Cultivator and Social Media Wonder
Hey Slow Foodies,
2018's first Slow Food Social is finally here! Come mix and mingle with like-minded food lovers at the highly revered SRV (Serene Republic of Venice), 2017 James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. Known for their modern, unique takes on Venetian-style cuisine and wine, this will be a memorable night you won't want to miss! Enjoy complimentary samples of their cicchetti (small bites), or dine in to try their house-made pastas and risottos made from house-milled flour paired with local wines and cocktails. Best of all, come meet and greet with chefs Michael Lombardi & Kevin O'Donnell and learn about where they source and what inspired them to take on this one-of-a-kind dining experience in Boston.
Bring your friends and loved ones on March 13th from 6-8pm! If you're new to Slow Food, come learn about upcoming Slow Food events happening this year and special membership benefits offered to our supporters.
Register here and check out our Facebook and Meetup for updates. We can't wait to see you there!
Slow Food Boston is seeking two board members to join our diverse group of passionate food lovers and activists. As the local chapter of Slow Food USA, we advocate for food that tastes good, is produced cleanly and sustainably, and recognizes the importance of fair treatment for all people involved. To achieve these goals, we are building a community of like-minded organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to make Boston a national leader in the movement toward an equitable, sustainable, healthy, and delicious food system.
We are an all-volunteer board. Members of the Board of Directors should be willing to commit two years to the leadership of our chapter, and be able to commit between 5-10 hours a month to chapter business, with some additional time in the lead-up and running of events. We meet every 4-6 weeks in Cambridge or Boston, usually on a weekday evening when most of us are free. In addition to the specific responsibilities of your role, board members work collaboratively to plan and support chapter events, maintain and grow our membership, coordinate volunteers as needed, and engage the broader local food community on issues related to the Slow Food values of Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All. We are the representatives of the Slow Food movement in Boston, so expect to spend some time talking to the public about the mission, history, and goals of Slow Food International, USA, and our local chapter, and display a willingness to share how Slow Food resonates with you and what brought you to the table.
We are currently looking to fill the following positions:
Secretary & Membership Coordinator
The Board Secretary serves a crucial role in the basic functionality and internal communication of Slow Food Boston. Core responsibilities include scheduling meetings, providing agendas in advance, recording meeting minutes, and archiving information to ensure institutional memory. The Secretary also maintains our annual events calendar and works with other board members to ensure timelines are scheduled and observed, and chapter paperwork is filed on time. Our Secretary serves the additional role of Membership Coordinator, which requires maintaining updated membership lists, reminding members to renew, and encouraging new membership by communicating the benefits of membership with the broader Boston food community.
The Community Cultivator manages the online face of Slow Food Boston and presents an outgoing and engaging presence at Slow Food events and gatherings. Maintains our social media accounts—including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and MeetUp—while exploring potential new channels to engage our members and followers online. Specific expectations include event promotion, sharing appropriate content and articles, event photography and album curation, and drafting the Slow Food Boston newsletter via MailChimp. Serves as liaison to other chapters to bolster efforts to create a “Slow Food New England” regional identity.
Does one of these positions sound like a good fit for you? Do you have 5-10 hours a month to commit? If so we'd love to hear from you! Please email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org with a little about yourself, your connection to food, and why you think your talents would be a good fit for Slow Food Boston!
SFB welcomes people of all backgrounds, including those who have been marginalized within the current food system. We are working together to ensure all voices are heard.
If you didn't get a chance to attend our Tour de Farms in the North Shore last month, here's a 2nd opportunity for you and your biking buddies to come check out your local farms along our northern coast and participate in a leisurely bike ride led by NOFA/MASS's very own Dan Bensonoff! Come join us on Saturday, October 14th (Rain date: 10/15) and chat with farmers of the north shore and learn about what's being sown and grown in this beautiful coastal region. Ride across the scenic New England countryside passing along gorgeous autumn foliage at its peak! You'll also get to have a delicious, satisfying lunch specially prepared by us and Dan!
For our last stop, you'll get to cool down and explore a local apple orchard, where you can go apple-picking, sample of some fresh cider and have at some warm, freshly made cider donuts if you so choose!
Rides are $60 per person which includes a guided ride across several local farms and lunch (does not include purchases made at the apple orchard); meeting location and ride details will be sent to registrants shortly before the event date. Registration is limited, so don't miss out and sign up here!
Slow Food Boston would like to express our deepest gratitude to the farmers of the North Shore who participated in this year's Tour de Farms! It was our first time exploring local agriculture in this region and we could not be more impressed and inspired by the amazing work being done around sustainable farming and food cultivation up there!
Very special thanks to the Grant Family Farm, Plough in the Stars Farm, Three Sisters Garden Project, Appleton Farms, and especially Alprilla Farm for providing parking space and letting us set up shop for a fun-filled post-ride Pizza Party.
Last but certainly not least, we really want to thank Dan Bensonoff of our partner organization NOFA/MASS for leading this spectacular ride and preparing a delicious lunch for our riders, Thank You, Dan!
Also, many thanks to those of you who were able to ride with us and support our North Shore food growers, we were thrilled to meet you all and were glad to hear you had a great time!
Did you miss out on this tour? Don't fret! Tour de Farms in the North Shore part deux will be happening Saturday, October 14th (Rain date 10/15)! Same amazing ride with the same amazing farmers! Come ride in beautiful fall foliage across the north shore countryside and see what farmers have in store for this year's autumn harvest. Register here before tickets run out!
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of MA (NOFA/Mass) and Slow Food Boston proudly presents this summer's Tour de Farms! This year it will take place in the North Shore on Saturday, September 16th (rain date, Sunday 9/17), where we will get to see what's in store for the fall harvest, visit farms and meet farmers along this region, and learn about sustainable agriculture. The tour will include lunch and bike escorts along the way. An optional post-ride farm-to-table beer and pizza gathering at Alprilla Farm featuring freshly made pizza sourced from local ingredients prepared by chef Danielle Glantz is also an option for riders to continue enjoying the day with Slow Food Boston and company.
Don't miss out! Find more details here to register. See you there!
The Kitchen at The Boston Public Market, managed by The Trustees, is hosting The Urban Homesteading Festival on Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, partnering with Slow Food Boston and The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). The Festival aims to teach Boston urbanites how to modify traditional homesteading techniques to work in their urban environments. The day consists of five hour-long sessions led by leading experts, including sessions on cheese making at home, beer brewing, herb preservation, broth making, and indoor mushroom cultivation. Each session will include discussions, demonstrations, and tastings.
Tickets available now: https://urbanhomesteading.eventbrite.com/?aff=Partner.
We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving the “slow” way: Celebrating the holidays with a thoughtfully prepared meal you made with products from your local producers and enjoying it with loved ones over laughter and lively conversation.
To continue the festivities and to honor #GivingTuesday, Slow Food Boston is excited to announce we will be making a considerable donation to a local organization that embodies our mission in promoting “good, clean, fair” food every day in what they do – supporting food justice and the local food movement, reshaping unsustainable food practices, and changing the future of food and what we eat with consideration to health, the environment, and all communities.
For the first time, Slow Food members will have the special opportunity to vote on what organization should be awarded for their efforts and have made a significant impact throughout Boston, whether it be providing greater access to healthy food, reducing food waste, or ensuring our future food leaders are well-equipped with the skills needed to build a better food system. Members will receive an exclusive email with a list of organizations they can select from to cast their vote!
Not a member? Join Slow Food so you can be a part of our #GivingTuesday contributions to ensure your favorite food organization has your vote and a greater chance to receive the funds needed to grow and continue doing their amazing work!
Disco Soup, TBD
South Coast Tour de Farms, TBD