Local and Global Programs
Slow Food Portland, an all-volunteer organization, brings the Slow Food philosophy to life through:
- cooking, tasting and educational events;
- community discussions and speaker presentations;
- farm, ranch and garden tours;
- happy hours; and
- film and book events.
We support and promote local farmers markets and food producers. Through building partnerships and collaborations we strive to make our local food system stronger for all.
We participate in international programs such as:
- Terra Madre, the world-wide conference for small scale farmers, ranchers, chefs, educators and activists;
- Slow Fish, a movement to understand the oceans and our important food sources within them; and
- Ark of Taste, the international program that seeks to save an economic, social and cultural heritage of a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables, animal breeds, seafood, cheeses, cured meats, grains and confectionery.
Slow Food Portland looks globally while acting locally to help bring change in our food system, support our local farmers, protect the heritage of biodiversity, and help people reconnect with real food.
We have made a commitment to educating our members and the larger community on issues facing farmers who want to farm organically and sustainably in Oregon and beyond. We have formed a partnership with Friends of Family Farmers, a grassroots group supporting socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture, to follow and take action on local issues. Other advocacy areas we’ve been involved with include migrant worker housing and food access.
Slow Food USA continues to follow the Farm Bill and update members, and Slow Food International follows issues concerning food worldwide. We work to bring current topics to the forefront and encourage conversation and action toward a more just food system.