Slow Food USA has emailed members regarding Fertile Ground: A Benefit for Slow Food in Schools, and invites members and friends to support Slow Food in Schools by donating an item to the online auction, which will run from May 13-22. Your generosity will allow Slow Food to help these existing programs grow and to expand the project’s reach into new communities.
Auction items are already being donated by restaurants, wineries, kitchen equipment manufacturers, travel companies, and more. The fundraiser will culminate with a live auction and gala event in New York on May 25. Alice Waters, executive chef of Chez Panisse, will host this benefit honoring the work of pioneering school nutrition consultant and chef Ann Cooper, author of Bitter Harvest and In Mother’s Kitchen. Full tables and individual tickets will be available for purchase for the gala.
A growing program comprising more than 20 garden to table projects across the country, Slow Food in Schools helps children develop an appreciation for real, wholesome food and an understanding of sustainable food practices. Not only are these projects teaching valuable lessons about nutrition, personal and environmental well-being, and an appreciation of the pleasures of the table, they are also instilling the values of leadership, community and responsibility.
Please consider donating an item to the Fertile Ground Auction in support of these and other amazing Slow Food in Schools projects. Merchandise, gift certificates, services and special tours and tickets all make wonderful items. For more information about the online auction, the Fertile Ground gala event, or to donate an auction item, please call Sara or Ragan 718.260.8000 or email membership [at] slowfoodusa [dot] org.
For more information on how transformative these programs can be, visit The Edible Schoolyard or read Alice Waters’ statement, “Slow Food, Slow Schools: Transforming Education Through a School Lunch Curriculum.” (And thanks to The Edible Schoolyard site for the lovely carrot illustration.)