Slow Food Denver cultivates the enjoyment of local food with all members of the community to create a more just and sustainable food system.
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living, and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food USA leads the movement in the United States. With more than 250,000 supporters, 25,000 members, and 225 chapters nationwide, Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy and practices that are good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers.
Slow Food Denver, a chapter of Slow Food USA, was founded in 2001 by a small group of committed volunteers to carry out the mission of Slow Food in the Denver community. As a result of hard work, dedication, and passion, this chapter has evolved to be one of the most active in the United States. Our programs and activities revolve around our key priorities: 1) children and food, 2) healthy food access, 3) promoting and supporting local food producers and regional food traditions, 4) advocating for sustainable food policy, 5) community outreach and education, and 6) ensuring the sustainability of our programs and community work.
Slow Food Denver's community has a diverse set of interests and backgrounds, and they are all connected through their desire to create a more just and sustainable food system and a general interest in knowing more about their food.
" thank you for the many projects you have done with my classes over the last five years. They have taught us so much about food, gardening, trees and composting." (Steele Elementary teacher)
" the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. microgrant program plays an important role in helping launch sustainable food projects and connecting them with the local Denver community" (C.A.F.E. grant recipient)
"thanks for organizing the tour to Windsor Dairy. Thank goodness for the commitment and knowledge of people like Meg and Arden. How much we learned and we will never look at organic farming the same way again" (Farm Tour participant)
" thank you for showing us your garden. It is cool that the worms eat trash to make the soil clean" (Broadmoor Elementary student)