Slow Food Springfield is a chapter of the Slow Food movement founded in Italy in 1986 by Carlo Petrini. Created to protest the encroachment on the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle, this movement, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment, is now worldwide with more than 250,000 members in 150 countries.
Our chapter was founded by Deanna Glosser in 2006. Deanna started the Slow Food Springfield chapter for two reasons. The first was to meet other local people who were interested in learning about the food system, supporting local producers, and sharing fun food events. The second was to educate the public about where our food comes from, who our local producers are, and to celebrate food events with friends – new and old. When we met the first time, we had to decide if we wanted to establish a local group independent of other organizations or affiliate with Slow Food, which is an international organization, including Slow Food USA. We obviously decided it was important to align our group with the mission and goals of Slow Food so we became a chapter of Slow Food USA. Hence, Slow Food Springfield joined this worldwide movement in seeking to create a dramatic and lasting change in the food system by preserving traditional ways of growing, preparing, and enjoying foods, and by saving the biodiversity of livestock and crops that once existed.