Slow Food USA is currently seeking applications from “food movement leaders” to attend the 2016 Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. Every two years, Slow Food brings together over 250,000 people from around the world to celebrate, taste and experience good, clean, fair food. The first Terra Madre was held in 2004 and it has been growing ever since.
A large part of Terra Madre is the Salone del Gusto, which is a huge marketplace featuring artisanal producers from over 160 countries. The theme for this year’s Salone del Gusto is “Loving the Earth” and invites visitors to learn more about three main points: farming, co-production and gardening.
“Looking after the environment and the planet we live on is the most important issue of our time, and an obligation for everyone who works with food. We want to rediscover the pleasure of taking care of the Earth, together with producers, teachers, chefs, academics, farmers, food communities and above all, everyday people and families.” – Serena Milano, General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
Slow Food USA selects about 200 “delegates” to represent the country and attend the USA national delegate meeting, participate in the Terra Madre forums and share their story with the global food community. A variety of people are chosen to attend: chefs, farmers, scientists, artists and gardeners, with the idea that they can contribute their knowledge and stories to the gathering as well as bring their lessons and new ideas back to their communities. The list of US delegates chosen for the last Terra Madre in 2014 includes two members of the LET um EAT Collective: Evan Gregoire of Boondockers Farm and Lane Selman of The Culinary Breeding Network. You can read about their experiences on the Slow Food Portland website.
If selected, there are two levels of support that the delegates can receive: fully-sponsored, which includes room and board and transportation during the event; or self-paying, which provides the option of arranging one’s own room, board and transportation or purchasing a 400 Euro package that is identical to the fully-sponsored arrangements. Each delegate is responsible for paying their own airfare.
Terra Madre 2016 takes place September 22 – 25 and application information is on the Slow Food USA website. The deadline for applications is March 31 at midnight.