The Slow Food Resilience Grant is Working in Springfield
On August 6, 2020, Slow Food Springfield board members packed our FOURTH Slow Garden Community Share distributed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois students. Thanks to Alana, Mat, Deborah, Elizabeth, and Lynn. Shout out to Hy-Vee for donating the paper bags. This week’s share featured beets, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, kale, swiss chard, and tomatoes (green and red). It also included a bag of fresh herbs (basil, chive, dill, and oregano), a container of Greek yogurt to make a BGCCIL favorite – herb dip. Pita chips were included too. Lastly, everyone received a beautiful sunflower.
Since 2016, Slow Food Springfield has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois and Grow Springfieldto provide garden programming and annual farm tours to the students enrolled at the BGCCIL. With the award from the Slow Food National Resilience Fund, these three organizations are working together to pack and deliver Slow Garden Community Share boxes containing a variety of organic produce and recipes to 30 students July through August.
Slow Food USA is currently providing free educational resources to address the impact of Covid-19 on the Slow Food community; including articles, action items, and Slow Food Live online sessions on everything from making sauces from your pantry staples to urban gardening.
If you have elementary age children at home, you may want to use Slow Food International’s free Taste Education Kit.
Are you interested in planting regionally unique seeds in your garden? Slow Food USA is offering their Plant-a-Seed kit at a discount.
Slow Food Springfield has officially paused our face-to-face initiatives for the moment. We’re reworking our 2020 community-based events and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, we want to hear from you.
Would you like to learn more about Slow Food Springfield?
Are you interested in a local, virtual skill-share event around slow food?
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