Please help fund my way to Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.
I am so energized to have been chosen as one of the 240 US delegates to the biennial Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto global food and farming conference hosted by Slow Food International from October 23-27 in Turin, Italy. This year the Terra Madre theme is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture which is very personally connected with what I do on and off the farm.
Terra Madre will give me an exceptional chance to build relationships and pull together ideas and knowledge with people from all over the world. Delegates from over 130 countries are chosen because they have something to offer through the scope of food diversity.
Why fund me?
For over ten years now my ethos has been to educate myself about sustainable food production in order to help empower others while also being a full time farmer at Boondockers Farm, in Beavercreek, Oregon. I found my second nature when I was in Eugene when I became a Master Gardener and found a love for soil nutrition, biodiversity, permaculture methods, and community involvement. I soon recognized the necessity for a new generation of farmers. On the farm, I specialize in preserving heirlooms and open pollinated vegetables, flowers and heritage animals from the depths of endangerment and putting them all back on productive homesteads and farms.
Based upon my personal introduction to plants and animals when very young by my mom and grandparents, I strongly believe in cultivating a gardening interest in children throughout their childhood, coupled with ongoing delivery of information to the public is crucial to keeping healthy food on the table. I enjoy teaching others of all ages about biodiversity, growing techniques, preserving foods, saving seeds and everything about heritage animals. I have been an advisor to many small and mid size farmers and homesteaders who are engaged in raising heritage ducks and heirloom and open pollinated vegetables. I have held workshops and classes on the farm, Farmers Markets (Portland), Master Gardener events (Eugene), at Portland Nursery (Portland), the NW Permaculture Convergence (Port Townsend, Wa), OSU Small Farms Conference (Corvallis), Mother Earth News Fair (Puyallup, Wa), Local Food Connection (Eugene), Farmer to Chef Connection (Portland) and others.
I plan on visiting farms for collecting exclusive Italian and French seeds to be grown out in Oregon. I will offer these seeds the following season as I trial them out on the farm in Spring 2015. I also plan on doing some poultry research while I am there. I will be looking for old ways they might be doing things so that we can implement in the Northwest and share with everyone. The climate is similar to Oregon and going to a climatically similar area will be very helpful to getting some firsthand experience from a culture that has been raising animals and plants for thousands of years. My enthusiasm for educating about farming and sustainable food has given me the opportunity to take part in Terra Madre and I expect it will increase my food perspective significantly. I have heard that the conference is a transformational experience; some might call it the food Olympics. I hope to gain as much information as I can, leave inspired, and come back with profound admiration for the many food cultures that will be represented and many farmers I visited with.
What I'm asking for & What you get
As a delegate, Slow Food Portland raises a little portion for travel and pays for conference admissions, meals and lodging at Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto. Basically, the funds I raise will pay for my airfare to Italy, transportation and lodging to visit farms in Italy. The plan is to get there before the conference to go to farms. If funding is surpassed I will stay longer and search for more seeds and poultry!
Donating comes with perks from all around the Willamette Valley in Oregon….Signed copies of amazing sustainable food books, Portland food and liquor, farm dinners, duck class what more could you ask for?
Thanks you so much to all donors for your amazing generosity, time and consideration in helping make this trip really feasible, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef - Nick Arnerich, Renata Restaurant - Tressa Yellig, Salt Fire and Time - Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Author, Farms of the Future - Chris Fredeen Douglas, Arugularium - Dudley Clark, Hard Times Distillery - Michael Wayne Barnett, Red Truck Homestead - Erika Reagor, Thrive NW - Erika Polmar, Plate to Pitchfork - Scottie Jones, Leaping Lamb Farmstay
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