THE 30th ANNIVERSARY SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE
Slow Food Columbia at the Food and Farm Event of the Year
Grateful and Humble 'Farmers of the Year' Flo & Portia from Chapel Hill Creamery gave great thanks for being present with "A room full of people who want to change the world" at our opening dinner reception. This kicking off a weekend's workshop conference with passions shared and benevolence all around. Myself privileged to attend the food and farm event of the year on behalf of our Slow Food Columbia Chapter, I was joined by fellow advisory members Katie Welborn and Anna Redwine~
|Anna, Ariel, Katie Slow Foodies|
This is my third year attending CFSA's Sustainable Agriculture Conference. First year as a recent horticulture graduate on the precipice of farming for Midland area farmers markets, second year as a 'New and Beginning Farmer' Dow Scholar recipient, and present this year representing Columbia's fair food ways and Midlands grassroots farm and food policy groups, Slow Food Columbia.
We were greeted with a cornucopia of local, organic foods and a warm and insightful reception, while the hotel was a buzz with trade booths, seed exchange, food and farm literature and networking abound.
The opening evening receptions dinner boasted the Goat. A heart warming Shepard's Pie with braised goat paired with quintessentially seasonal roasted roots, crucifer vegetables, and creamy goats cheese riddled throughout. The dinner heralded the likes of outstanding farmers, activists, and long time association members. Impassioned food council activists Grace and Carey of NC's Davidson's County Local Food Network, inspired the room with their community driven strategy to reach out and make the change we want to see in our neighborhoods and counties, "It's not about fighting the power. It's about being the power."
|Carey & Grace Selfie with 800 CFSA Friends|
Emotionally charged keynote speaker, Micheal Twitty, is a food writer, culinary historian and justice activist. He gave an equally charged sermon and captivated a room of foodies and farmers with the reminder that "Culinary justice is about giving recognition to those who started before us, from the 1600's to the freed men". His inherent love for the land and sentiments were shared by all there as he espoused eloquently, "The land is our health. The land is our wealth...Change the composition of our brains by changing the compositions of our soil."
Grateful for the opportunity to attend on behalf of Slow Food Columbia,
Slow Food Columbia
Midlands Food Alliance