Slow Food Noosa Incorporated is supporting local growers and food artisans as well as promoting the Slow Food philosophy. All of our events embrace not only the Slow Food way but also raise much-needed funds to support our community. Our events assist projects and people who are making a positive difference in the community and promoting the Slow Food philosophy. A major project is to engage and support primary school children through the Slow Food School Garden sponsorship which has donated more than $40,000 to six Sunshine Coast schools over six years. We thank all of our supporters and those who have contributed to and attended our events for helping us to achieve this. Here are some of our other projects we are currently working on:
- Susan Rodger, from Eumundi Meats, – a very proud representative of Slow Food Noosa Inc. – is our sponsored delegate to attend Slow Food Nations USA 2017 (formerly known as Slow Meat USA):
Eumundi Beef raises grass-fed Angus beef using biodynamic and biological methodologies to provide nutrient-dense quality food for local families. They treat their animals with love and respect and that philosophy flows onto how they market their beef – nose to tail. Susan is passionate about exploring nutritional, health and cooking styles suited to every portion of delicious beef available from a carcass.
Slow Food Nations is an international campaign biennial event that brings together diverse people to turn the herd away from the tyranny of cheap meat and toward a food system that is good, clean and fair for all.
Slow Food Nations 2017
Union Station & Larimer Square, Denver, Colorado. USA
July 14 9:00 am – July 16 10:00 pm
Slow Food Nations will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks in July 2017. For three days, Denver, Colorado will become the centre of the North American food universe. Innovation meets tradition during exciting culinary workshops. Seminars, dine-around dinners, tours, informal eating and drinking, and a grand tasting hall. For more information, go to: http://slowfoodnations.org/
- Noosa Community Garden – latest news
The Tait-Duke Cottage is on site next to the garden, and during 2016 it was restumped, and extensive renovations commenced. Noosa Council and United Synergies are co-ordinating this, and Noosa Community Garden team have set up new kitchen gardens beside the cottage. This is an exciting project and the Cottage, when completed (hopefully by April 2017), will be a community centre where we can hold our meetings and some events.
Everyone is welcome to visit the garden at Earl Street, Noosaville and we encourage you to join us every Friday from 9am until noon (8am starts during the warmer months) for gardening, workshops, harvesting and whatever needs to be done. A great way to meet new friends, connect with the earth and take home some fresh produce – and enjoy a lovely morning tea!
If you’d like to be involved in the local community garden, visit www.facebook.com/NoosaCommunityGarden
In 2012, Slow Food Noosa established Stage One of the Noosa Community Garden by educating United Synergies disengaged youth about permaculture, including the design and process of organic gardening. In 2013, in association with United Synergies, Slow Food Noosa convened a committee to manage this site as Noosa Community Garden.
- Slow Food Noosa is pleased to partner with Tewantin Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank to sponsor the Carramar NoosaCare Dementia Centre “Sowing Serenity” Horticultural Therapy Program.
- Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats… Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.
- 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa project
Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair food gardens in African schools and villages means guaranteeing communities have a supply of fresh, healthy food, but also training a network of leaders aware of the value of their land and their culture who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future. For more information visit 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa