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Reflections, insights and news about the food movement and “going Slow”

The American Mulefoot Hog: The Opposite of Conventional and Why It Is Worth Saving

Apr. 15, 2014

For the Lockhart Family Farm, the American Mulefoot Hog is the perfect pig. The woodland farm has little pasture and lots of brush. One of the hardiest swine breeds, the Mulefoot has a long bristly black coat and an exceptional layer of fat to help them withstand even the harshest conditions. Their non-cloven hoofs makes them especially suited for wet and marshy ground, but makes it very difficult to keep them on hard surfaces. With relatively small litters of 5-6, they are fantastic mothers. The sad thing is that these unique characteristics that make it suited to our farm are some of the reasons it has nearly been driven it to extinction.

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The Uniquely American Cocktail

Apr. 3, 2014

What could be more Slow Food than the cocktail? To this day I can only name one other authentically American endeavor that makes the grade — barbecue. Since I was invited to help announce the launch of Slow Food USA’s latest campaign, please humor me as I simply focus on the origins of the cocktail.

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Slow Food St. Louis’s Biodiversity Micro Grant

Apr. 3, 2014

Slow Food St. Louis’s Biodiversity Micro Grant Program has been supporting the preservation of food biodiversity in the St. Louis food system since 2009. To
date, it has awarded over $55,000 in micro grants to more than 45 small-scale, local farmers, supporting the cultivation of more than 300 heirloom varieties and heritage breeds.

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How Your Food Choices Can Save Monarch Butterflies and Bees

Apr. 3, 2014

Fewer honey bees, bumblebees and monarch butterflies thrive in American farmscapes
today than at any moment during our lifetimes. And yet, how we decide who we choose to purchase our food from can help avert this so-called crisis by providing incentives for pollinator recovery on our farmlands.

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Dispatches From a FoodCorps Service Member: Teaching History Through Taste

Mar. 26, 2014

FoodCorps Service Member, Carly Chaapel, describes how she and a southern New Jersey elementary school teacher found a way to teach Spanish and cultural history through Hispanic-inspired cooking lessons.

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