|Region 1 (MA, VT, RI) ▼|
Sophie Duncan is currently living in Morocco, conducting a Fulbright research project on traditional food products in modern Morocco. Her research focuses particularly on ideas about authenticity and how Moroccans are able to use innovation and creativity to keep traditional foods prevalent and relevant. Sophie has also been working with Slow Food Maroc to nominate a variety of products to the Ark of Taste. When she returns to North America in the fall, Sophie hopes to work on food justice issues and farm-to-fork accessibility. She loves to cook and eat, loves being outdoors, and is excited to meet all the other delegates at Terra Madre in October!
|Shannon Eldredge and Brett Tolley|
Brett Tolley is from a four-generation small-scale commercial fishing family. Currently the community organizer for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, he is also involved in the Slow Fish International campaign as well as the budding Slow Fish USA charting committee.
|Albert and Eleanor Leger|
|Region 2 (ME, NH) ▼|
|Spencer Montgomery and Amanda Parks|
For the past 10 years, Shawn Saindon has been working as a musician, seafood wholesaler and, more recently, pursuing a passion as a cheese maker. SUPPORT THIS DELEGATE ►
Cory Whitney is a Human Ecologist and Ethnobotanist interested in the relationship between the traditional uses of plants and the consequent preservation of culture and biodiversity. He has worked with farmers and wild collectors in the far North Atlantic (Iceland and the Faroe Islands), for indigenous peoples' organizations in Southeast Asia (Laos and Vietnam), and now works with farmers in southwestern Uganda cataloging traditional knowledge and diversity of plants and their uses. He comes to the Slow Food USA delegation eager to support Slow Food biodiversity initiatives, and to establish gardens in Uganda under the 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa
|Harrison and Otis Wood|
|Region 3 (NY, NJ, CT) ▼|
|Gina Aufiero and Ralph Loglisci|
|Judiann Carmack-Fayy and Bryan Futerman|
Lauren is a 2013 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York where she majored in Environmental Studies. As a sophomore, she co-founded her college’s chapter of Slow Food and served as co-president until she graduated. Slow Food Hamilton College hosts film screenings, think-tanks, lectures, potlucks, and field trips to local farms. She also spearheaded the Real Food Challenge campaign at Hamilton to increase the sustainability of campus food purchasing. Her work with Slow Food and RFC laid the foundations for her year-long postgraduate research fellowship. As a 2013-2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Lauren pursued her independent project “A Sustainable Future for Food and Farming: Modern Technology and Traditional Wisdom” in Tanzania, India, Bhutan, Bolivia, the Netherlands, and Iceland. With the help of her Tanzanian host mother and Slow Food Thousand Garden Coordinator, Helen Nguya, she helped start a “Thousand Garden” in northern Tanzania. Having served as a US delegate to Terra Madre and the Slow Food International Congress in 2012, Lauren is both thrilled and grateful to be able to reconnect with the international Slow Food community at Terra Madre 2014.
|Susan Knapp and Dan Wilson|
|Don and Dale Lewis|
|Sally Ann Parsons|
|Region 4 (OH, PA, MD, WV, DC) ▼|
Abed Al Shahal is a co-owner/ Sustainability Strategist of The Crest Gastropub and a recent graduate from Ohio State University, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition. Since then, he has dedicated much of his time strategizing sustainable food production and accessibility within Columbus. Abed is passionate about educating the public about the health, environmental, social and economical impacts of food choices; Over the past three years he has been actively teaching children, med students and adults with disabilities with various organizations such as OSU, the Clintonville Resource Center, OEFFA and Local Matters.
|Mark Anthony Arceno|
|Rachel Tayse Baillieul|
Helen Dombalis serves as the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Director for the National Farm to School Network (NFSN). In this role, Helen collaborates with NFSN core partners (staff, regional leads, state leads, and advisors), partner organizations like Slow Food USA, and grassroots community members to strengthen farm to school connections through collective advocacy. Helen provides expertise and leadership around federal policy initiatives including the Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Farm Bill, as well as state and local policy that support farm to school and a more just food system.
|Vicky Rateau and Sameerah Siddiqui|
Alexander Razavi is a senior biochemistry, pre-medicine student at Case Western Reserve University. He has been working at the Center for Global Health and Diseases at the Case Western School of Medicine since August 2012. Alex’s interests in food as it relates to public health, medicine, and science have led him to start Case Western’s own Slow Food campus chapter as well as develop an individual research project studying the human immune response to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops. Slow Food has had a significant impact on Alex’s career goals and he would like to pursue a career in medicine, serving as both a physician and research scientist. Alex is interested in pursuing scientific and public health initiatives that can enhance the future of food, healthcare, and the environment.
|Region 5 (NC, SC, VA) ▼|
|Phil Blank and April McGreger|
|Anna Brogan Mann|
|Kevin E. Mitchell|
Henry is a co-founder and program director of Friendship Gardens, a nonprofit partnership between Slow Food Charlotte and Friendship Trays. Friendship Gardens teaches gardening and grows food for our local meals on wheels program. Learn more at www.friendship-gardens.org.
|Region 6 (GA, FL) ▼|
|Kevin J. Anderson|
|Jennifer Hill Booker and Asha Gomez|
|Gathegu Cecila Gatungo and Jamila Norman|
|Yolanda Gomez and Tirso Moreno|
Tirso Moreno has been the General Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida since its inception in 1983. He is a former farmworker who came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1971 to do farm work. Under his leadership, the Farmworker Association has grown from a local to a statewide organization with more than 10,000 members. Tirso is a co-founder and board member of the Farmworker Health and Safety Institute, and serves on the boards of Southern Partners Fund, Domestic Fair Trade Association, National Immigrant Farming Initiative, and the Rural Coalition. He also advocates for farmworkers’ and immigrants’ rights in national and international meetings, such as La Via Campesina's North American and International Gatherings, United States Social Forums, World Social Forums, and the United Nations World Conference Against Racism.
Yolanda Gomez, a former citrus picker, has worked as a Community Organizer with the Farmworker Association of Florida in the citrus-growing region of Fellsmere since 2004. Yolanda also serves as the Campesinos' Gardens manager, and has been instrumental in the development of the model for this community garden that is run by and for primarily farmworker families. Yolanda also leads training, education, and leadership development around farmworkers' rights, immigrants' rights, and civic and electoral participation.
Hilary King is an Oregon Native-Georgia transplant who works to understand the ways in which people connect to place and each other through food. She has spent more than 10 years working to build alternative food networks, from research on women's groups making handmade tortillas in Mexico to working as the chief of Farmer Relations for Liga Masiva, directly connecting Latin American farmers to consumers in the United States. When she’s not working to promote local food, knitting, or playing Scrabble, she moonlights as a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
|Gabby Othon Lothrop|
|Althea and Matthew Raiford|
|Region 7 (KY, TN, AL, LA, MS) ▼|
|Heather Boone McKeever Haffey|
Paige Rabalais of Marksville, Louisiana founded Slow Food Avoyelles and the Marksville Farmers' Market (the chapter's public outreach) in 2007. Over the past several years, Paige has also spearheaded the Avoyelles Public Charter School's Edible Schoolyard, put on a community festival welcoming Alice Waters, and created a monthly community event "First Thursdays on the Square" to attract people to Marksville's historic downtown.
|Region 8 (IL, IN, IA) ▼|
|Cortney Ahern, Jennifer Breckner and Stefanie Garcia|
|Teresa A. Birtles|
|Breanne Heath and Elspeth McGarvy|
Dan Metzger and Joan Rawce Metzger are Willow Garlic Growers, a small, family operation growing 20 varieties of garlic in the Driftless Area of Illinois (two hours north and west of Chicago) — including two Ark of Taste varietals, Lorz Italian Garlic
and Inchelium Red Garlic.
Dan and Joan believe that sustainable farming, nourishing the earth and each other, is a holy act and that growing, preparing and sharing food will bring peace to the world. Nothing less.
|Jeanne and Phillip (Verd) Nolan|
|Region 9 (WI, MI, MN, ND, SD) ▼|
Tom is a filmmaker, grower, and food justice advocate. He's worked in farms and farm to table restaurants around Wisconsin, currently running a rooftop garden and bicycle compost program in Madison, WI. He cycled 5000 miles around Europe last summer, filming and working with farmers in cities and the countryside. Before his trip to Italy, he's finishing up the production of 25+ videos for a new organic vegetable course at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Tom will be creating a short film on his bicycle journey from Amsterdam to Terra Madre along with his and others experiences at the conference.
|Ryan James Burk|
Jennifer Casey is the Director of Development & Communications for the Fondy Food Center, a nonprofit that connects local food to Greater Milwaukee through its farmers market and farm project. Before coming to Fondy, she ran the Diabetes and Community Health programs at Milwaukee’s only American Indian Health Center, and has been involved with Slow Food on local, regional, and national levels since 2008. She brings her love for the Midwest's wild asparagus, heritage apples, grass-fed dairy, and abundant fresh water and her experience as a registered dietitian, writer, speaker, gardener and professional cook to her many health and food advocacy efforts — including serving as the Slow Food USA Regional Governor for the Upper Midwest and leading the Midwest Ark of Taste Committee. Jennifer had the honor of being a delegate to Terra Madre in 2010 — an incredible experience which affirmed that food can be a powerful tool for building connections and making change — and she can’t wait for Terra Madre 2014.
When she was laid off after 21 years in the insurance industry, Joanée coordinated a small community garden for Gleaners Community Food Bank and enrolled in Michigan State's Organic Farmer Training Program. In 2011, Stone Coop Farm LLC was created. Joanée and co-owner Shannon Rau, with generous support from family and friends, purchased 30 acres in Brighton, Michigan in 2012 and have been building ever since: The farm currently features four hoop houses, a greenhouse, pavilion, root cellar, farm house and two beautifully restored barns. Stone Coop Farm
sells its certified organic produce through a CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale.
|Linda Jo Doctor|
|Bekah Galange, Sandra Halladay, Phil Jones and Kathryn Underwood|
|Dr. Oran B. Hesterman|
With more than 35 years in the field, Oran B. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems. He currently serves as president/CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that pioneers win/win/win solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food— especially in our most underserved communities. In just five years, Fair Food Network’s signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, has become a national model for healthy food incentives. Hesterman’s 2011 book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, was heralded by The New York Times as “an important, accessible book on a crucial subject” and is required reading at 25 colleges and universities. Before launching Fair Food Network, Hesterman served as a program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and taught at Michigan State University.
|Jamie Holding Eagle and Prairie Rose Seminole|
|Region 10 (KS, MO, NE, AR) ▼|
|Brian Desmet, Joshua Galliano and Brian Pelletier|
|Lisa Waterman Gray|
Ever since sharing meals with students in her graduate international dorm — from Japan, Nigeria, Micronesia, Thailand, Iraq and other countries — international cuisine has fascinated Lisa Waterman Gray. While working as a restaurant cook and later a reviewer, catering associate and culinary school assistant, her passion for good food has continued to grow. As a professional writer she's also been blessed to write about food/restaurants/chefs for USAToday.com, Delta Sky, the Kansas City Star, Ladies’ Home Journal, and several state and AAA magazines. Over the last few years serving as a board member for Slow Food Kansas City, she has become much more aware of how the quality and source of our food directly impacts quality of life. The opportunity to share this viewpoint with others from around the world is why she can’t wait to participate in Terre Madre/Salon del Gusto.
|Lisa Griffith and Jacob Knerr|