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Help Slow Food International conference in Italy.
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Why we are excited about this opportunity and how it will enrich our community

Being invited to represent mid Missouri at Slow Food's Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto conference in Italy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We will meet, eat and engage with people from throughout the world who are passionate about and committed to sustainable agriculture, cultural preservation and food with integrity. All the delegates, from more than 100 countries, will be there to represent the very best of what their countries' food systems have to offer.

This is not only an honor for the three of us, but an opportunity for others to learn about mid Missouri through the connections we make and the lessons we share with fellow delegates. Upon return to Columbia, we'll be happy to pass along newly gained knowledge through community conversations and application of the best practices encountered.

Who are we?

The three delegates from Columbia are Lisa Griffith, Carrie Hargrove and Jacob Knerr. Each represents a spoke in the wheel of Columbia’s constantly evolving Slow Food culture and sustainable agricultural scene.

Lisa Griffith (in grey shirt)

Lisa, who grew up on a diverse Pike County family farm, sought several careers before returning to her Missouri roots several years ago. Her work with non-profit organizations—particularly in her current position as outreach coordinator for the National Family Farm Coalition—has connected Lisa with many educators, activists, farmers/fishers and chefs. She is inspired by them to promote social justice and food sovereignty—the right of all peoples to determine their own resource, agricultural and food policies.

Carrie Hargrove (with shovel)

​Carrie helped to create and has worked for the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) for five years. The CCUA is a non-profit organization that teaches people how to garden. As its farm manager, Carrie works with many volunteers to grow beautiful, chemical-free produce that is sent to the Annie Fischer Food Pantry and Columbia Farmers Market. Her goal in life is to inspire all Columbia residents to love gardening and backyard food production as much as she does.​

Jacob Knerr (middle)

Jacob is a Rock Bridge High School student with a serious culinary passion. Having grown up on farms in rural mid Missouri, Jacob knows that food connects us all, and that access to good, clean and fair food is important for everyone—a perspective he tries to share with his fellow students. He puts his passion into practice during culinary arts classes at the Columbia Area Career Center. He also works at The Wine Cellar & Bistro as a line chef and host.

What we're asking from you

Your support will help send three representatives from Columbia, Missouri, to the conference in Turin, Italy. In return, we'll share Columbia’s vibrant Slow Food culture with international audiences and bring back knowledge gathered from throughout the world.

Our conference admission, room and board, and transportation within Italy are provided. We need help covering the round-trip airfare costs between Columbia and Italy.

Once we return, we'll be eager to share our experiences with our community, neighbors, co-workers, friends and families. All contributors will be invited to a presentation of our travels upon our return, and each one will receive a thoughtful “thank you” gift that represents our experiences in Italy.

What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a non-profit, grassroots membership organization that was founded in Italy in 1986 as a response to fast food and fast-food culture. It has grown into an international organization with more than 150,000 members in 150 countries. Slow Food strives to link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Columbia has a very active Slow Food chapter called Slow Food Katy Trail, founded in 2003. In addition, the city has a robust community of support for sustainable agriculture, good food and independent, local family farmers. It is a reflection of this dynamic culture that three Columbians have been invited to attend Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto conference.

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