July 25, 2011

Here's how slow food works

What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet. Through hundreds of volunteer-led local projects, national advocacy campaigns, trainings and education, Slow Food USA seeks to transform our food and farming system through the power of everyday people. 

For me, Slow Food is about using everything you have and letting the food work for you.  That means not throwing our food waste in the trash bag.  Instead, it goes out to the chickens.  It means pulling up the peas and green beans at the end of the season and feeding the vines to the cattle.

We start with these green peppers. Clean, slice and freeze them for the winter.

And these cantaloupes which are turned into jam

All of the seeds, bad spots, shells, etc are given to the chickens
The chickens give us yummy eggs. The egg shells are given to
the vermiculture worms (which I don't have yet!).  The worms
will compost the shells giving us compost and worm tea to
fertilize the gardens. And we start all over again.

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