Slow Food Columbus seeks to create dramatic and lasting change toward a more sustainable food system. We work to promote foods grown, produced, and prepared here in Central Ohio, advocate for fair pricing in our food supply, and seek to bring our community together with events that are simply fun.
In the words of our parent organization, Slow Food International, which began in Italy, "Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world."
We are guided by Slow Food International’s principle of “good, clean, and fair food for all.” Good meaning food should be of high quality, flavorful, and healthy. Clean in that production of food does not harm the environment. And fair in that food prices should be both accessible to consumers and earn producers a fair wage. We seek to strengthen these values by bringing people together through the common language of food.
Slow Food Columbus is a volunteer-run nonprofit that relies on membership to support our initiatives.
ark of taste, school gardens, community
This year, we are committed to focusing on three main initiatives:
Slow Food Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates. (In our backyard, this includes ingredients like pawpaws and spice bush.)
Slow Food Columbus School Garden Program. Our mission is to educate and empower school children to identify real food that is is good, clean, and fair.
Strengthening our Slow Food community. None of our work is possible without a strong membership foundation—and so we are committed to building our local Slow Food community and bring us closer together through events.
meet our 2019 board of directors
Mark Anthony ArceñoChapter Leader
Ph.D. Candidate and Food Anthropologist
I joined the Slow Food Columbus Board because I wanted the opportunity to help support and organize the efforts of our members. As Chapter Leader, I am most interested in increasing the diversity of our membership and events, all while emphasizing what we can learn from the food we eat.
Katie BarrCo-chair, Events Committee
Assistant Farm Manager and CSA Coordinator at Jorgensen Farms
I joined the Board because I believe the necessity and enjoyment of good food is something we can all agree on, no matter where you come from, or what you believe in. As a result, I feel it is important, now more than ever, to understand where our food comes from, to respect those who grow it, and to preserve the cultures and traditions behind it.
Jen DyerSocial Media Coordinator
Stylish pediatric endocrinologist and tech entrepreneur
I joined the Board because I am passionate about spreading good health with real food.
JP FritzMembership Coordinator; Co-chair, Events Committee
Owner, Lasting Impressions Event Rentals
I joined the Board because I love food—cooking it growing it, tasting it, and learning about it.
Trevor HornSlow Food Reynoldsburg Coordinator
Reynoldsburg City School District - Agriculture Innovation Coordinator
I joined the Board to spread the word of Good, Clean, Fair Food for all. I aspire through the education system, to empower students with the knowledge to make informed decisions necessary to support sustainable practices. The goal is to close the gap between the farm and table, imbedding habits that stand for food with integrity.
I joined the Board because I wanted to get involved in something outside of office life, and find enrichment in something beyond material goods.
Cynthia WaltersSlow Food Columbus School Garden Director
Olentangy Local School District Teacher & Shanahan Middle School School Garden Coordinator
I joined the Board to initiate and expand school gardens by offering a low-tunnel growing program to maximize learning opportunities during the school year. Our Low-Tunnel Program has supported over 30 schools over the past three years. The SFC Low-Tunnel mission is to educate and empower school children to identify real food that is is good, clean, and fair.
Interested in joining the Board?
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