Slow Food North Louisiana has a mission of support and advocacy for local, regional and state programs and projects that support the Slow Food vision of good, clean and fair food for all. Some of the projects/programs that we currently support are detailed below. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
Youth Garden Support
Since its beginning in 2010, Slow Food North Louisiana has supported the Valencia Youth Garden & Urban Farm, a partnership of the LSU AgCenter, Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR), and the NWLA Master Gardeners designed to teach youth in the Stoner Hill neighborhood the joy of growing, preparing and eating real food. It has grown to include a summer farm program for the older youth participants, who maintain the garden all summer and sell the produce to neighborhood residents and local restaurants. Slow Food North Louisiana and Wine Country Bistro host an annual fundraiser each summer to support the youth urban farmers.
In 2014, the Youth Garden Program was expanded to include 3 additional SPAR community centers where gardens will be installed. They are always looking for volunteers to help with garden preparation and maintenance, as well as teaching nutrition and cooking classes to the youth.
If you are interested in starting a youth or school garden, Slow Food USA has developed a wonderful School Garden Resource Guide that was the result of lessons learned by Slow Food chapters across the country. Click here to learn more and download a copy of the guide.
We Grow Together!
The We Grow Together Campaign is creating a Vision of a Healthy Regional Food System. Like anything that is truly alive and growing, this vision will become richer, deeper, and more detailed as more and more of our citizens participate in its creation. We support collaborations and best practices for growing a Healthy Regional Food System for the ArkLaTex.
Slow Food North Louisiana worked actively with coalition partners to develop a Food System Master Plan for the ArkLaTex, which has now been adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Shreveport City Council (Caddo Parish Commission will consider it soon) as a companion piece to the Shreveport-Caddo 2030 Master Plan. Click here to review the Food System Master Plan.
In March 2014, the We Grow Together Coalition hosted the inaugural Greens on the Red event featuring 16 different types of greens in numerous inventive recipes to showcase their deliciousness. There was even an Ode to Brussels Sprouts written for the event. We hope this will be an annual event celebrating delicious and nutritious greens, which can be grown here in Northwest Louisiana all year long!
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