Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, April 2nd at 3:30PM - Vandana Shiva “Soil Not Oil"

Attention Slow Food Columbia - this is a lecture you won't want to miss!

Friday, April 2nd at 3:30PM Vandana Shiva "Soil Not Oil: Food Security in Times of Climate Change," at the Darla Moore School of Business, Belk Auditorium

Read about it on the USC website.

Shiva, who has been singled out by Time magazine as an environmental “hero,” also was called by Asia Week one of the five most powerful communicators from Asia. Shiva’s talk will draw connections between three of the world’s most serious issues: food insecurity, peak oil and climate change. She calls for small, sustainable, bio-diverse farms in an effort to evade the environmental and economic problems associated with industrial agriculture. She proposes solutions based on principles of self-organization, community and environmental justice, in opposition to trends of globalization, fossil-fuel dependence and corporate power.

In addition to "Soil Not Oil," Shiva's books include "Earth Democracy" and "Water Wars." In India, Shiva established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights; founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology; and is vice president of the global movement, Slow Food International.

Shiva's talk is sponsored by USC's Green (West) Quad Learning Center, the South Carolina Honors College, the Darla Moore School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences and its School of the Environment, department of philosophy, Walker Institute of International & Area Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Elliott, associate professor of philosophy, at 803-777-3735 or via e-mail at

Monday, March 22, 2010

Doko Farm in Blythewood - Current Produce

Doko Farm reports that it has added two more heritage breeds to its farm: Buckeye and Dark Cornish chickens. Amanda and Joe note that they'll be ready for your family's table in June. These breeds are listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as critically rare and a breed to watch, respectively.

Currently available at Doko: eggs from their flock of laying chickens. The eggs are hand collected and range in color from creamy white to speckled brown and cool shades of green, but their beauty is more than just shell deep. The yolks are dark and rich, almost orange, and they are delicious. The flock is made up of three heritage breeds (Jersey Giants, Dominiques, and Dorking), as well as Americaunas, and some interesting crosses. Eggs are available direct from the farm for $3 per dozen.

Doko also has daffodils available, while they last. Unscented varieties are 4 stems for $1 and scented varieties are 2 stems for $1.

Call or email for farm hours and product availability:

Doko Farm
2101 Cedar Creek Road
Blythewood, SC 29016

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Community News

Sustainable Midlands Meeting: "Focus on Transit"
March 4, 2010 at 3:30PM

Meeting location: Capital Senior Center
1650 Park Circle
Columbia, SC

Sustainable Midlands supports efforts to improve and fund our transit system. Mitzi Javers, Executive Director of CMRTA, will be our guest speaker at our meeting next Thursday. She will outline the recommended upgrades to the transit system and explain the process that will determine the ballot question on funding that will hopefully be presented for a vote in November.

Remember that citizen support is key in implementing a successful public transportation system in the Midlands.

In other great news, the city council passed the chicken ordinance!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tons of Local BBQ Fun at City Roots Farm

Thank you to everyone who participated in our belated Terra Madre Day celebration this past Saturday at City Roots urban farm in Columbia, S.C.!

We had a fantastic time, and we can't wait to do more events like this.

Special thanks to City Roots Farm Manager Eric McClam, a truly gracious host. We're all excited to work together again!

Produce sales M-F, 9-5 at City Roots
With his recently acquired Masters in Architecture from Tulane, Eric and his architect father Robbie based the farm building's high-ceilinged design (topped with self-ventilating, clerestory windows) on the Southern tobacco barns of old.

Greenhouse dining!
We predict that it's going to become one of Columbia's hottest event venues. Can you imagine the coolness of an urban farm wedding or holiday party on nearly 3 acres, 5 minutes from downtown, with a greenhouse and mod, stylish barn?


The Plowboys let 'er rip
The McClams may try to convince the neighbors to let them make a giant mural on that broad, white wall there on the south side of the fields. Here's hoping!

Delicious catering by SMOKE!
Eric says they're planning to go for LEED certification for the building; we love the exposed wall studs in the retail/event space and the newfangled low-flush toilet (in the very clean, spacious bathroom, next to the large, 38-degree cold-storage room).

A very family-friendly venue
For those of you who couldn't get tickets due to the sell-out status of the BBQ, we are so thankful for your interest and will plan a bigger event next time!

The soon-to-be-stocked tilapia pond!
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Toward the goals of raising awareness of Slow Food, celebrating local food, and promoting "good, clean, and fair" food practices, SFC leader Cerelle Centeno checked people in with the help of Five Leaves Farm owner Ben Dubard.

A new City Roots collaborator, Ben, his wife Kristen (pic'd w/SFC members Katie and Chris Reid), and their family just moved back to the Rosewood neighborhood, a mere 4 houses down from City Roots. Now Ben can grow crops in the city! Five Leaves Farm out in Cedar Creek will serve as a new growing space for Anson Mills crops.

Served w/compostable corn resin forks!
Speaking of crops, City Roots' greenhouse-grown sunflower sprouts and snow pea sprouts are phenomenal. Nutty, bright, crunchy and fresh! You can buy them at the farm M-F, 9-5, or at Rosewood Market + Deli.

Tom Hall, leader of the Plowboys and co-owner of the new Smoke Southern BBQ Revival restaurant takes a cleaver to a Caw Caw Creek pastured pork butt. Emile DeFelice raises some darn fine pigs, and the guys at Smoke really know how to cook them!

Big thanks to Tom's vegetarian wife Julie Hall, a litigator and mother of three, who braved giant trays of steaming, smoky, slow-cooked pulled pork in order to help us keep the buffet nicely refreshed.

Despite being a longtime veg, Julie makes an amazing shrimp etouffee and a killer andouille jambalaya, by the way. (She's from Louisiana.)

Smoke co-owner and catering manager Heath Sessions outdid himself fancying up the cole slaw with pears, dried cranberries and blue cheese; The X-man gives a thumbs up to Heath's moist, delicious sweet potato cornbread.

Local bluegrass stars The Plowboys played some rousing sets from their repertoire. Maybe it was the fresh farm air, the enchanting woodsmoke from the campfire ring, or the cool drinks flowing from The White Mule's donation-only beverage station, but the band sounded particularly excellent.

Also excellent: The Shop Tart's overalls. Got to love a lady who dresses for the occasion AND promotes shopping indie and eating local to the well-heeled denizens of our fair city.

Cerelle thanked everyone and displayed a freshly printed City Roots T-shirt (handprinted on organic cotton by City Roots neighbor Emily McCravy of Fox + Grapes), while Eric talked a bit about the farm's mission.

Baby Augie and his social work maven mama, Caroline, were loving the gooey mac and cheese.

Augie's dad and his colleagues from the Thomas Cooper Library at USC enjoyed the springlike weather, having walked to the farm from their Rosewood home.

Tori and Heather from the Nickelodeon showed their support for local foodways (foreground), as did Nick board members Sanders and Donna Tate (background).
Local artist Anna Redwine (center) has a show up at Gallery 80808 in the Vista (with fellow artist Laura Spong) til the end of this week. Check it out!

USC Green Quad project coordinator Carter Cox spread the word about the local foods class she's teaching next year. The Green Quad is doing great things to promote sustainable gardening and green living at USC!

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It really was a great day. Conversations arose between local backyard gardeners and tips were divulged by Ryan Nevius, Master Gardener and Sustainable Midlands guru. Greenhouse innovations were marveled at...
...the kids went ape for the McClams' Oaxacan hammocks...

...And then the kids went ape in the clover patch out front. The farm is planning on farming bees and making honey from the clover. Cool!

When things quieted down at the end of the day, the organizers kicked back to enjoy a cozy campfire circle and a great view of the full moon over Owens Field.

We can't wait to celebrate all things good, clean and fair with our local Slow Food community again soon*!

Slow Food Columbia Sincerely Thanks Its Sponsors for the Feb 27, 2010 Terra Madre Day Celebration at City Roots Farm!

Caw Caw Creek
City Roots
Smoke Southern Barbeque Revival
The Plowboys

*If you have ideas for Slow Food community-building events or initiatives in the Midlands and the Carolinas, please contact us!

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