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Septembers Chair Letter

Dear Slow Food Orange County,

Summer is a quiet time for our chapter with many members away on travels. With the coming of fall we are excited about cooler weather, fall gardening and Slow Food projects. The Slow Food OC steering committee has been involved in an extended discussion regarding how we can best serve our community, our chapter members as well as pique the interest of “members to be,” with respect to the Slow Food mission of promoting “good, clean and fair food for all.” As we look around the county, we see many other groups with a similar mission of building a “Good Food” community. One role our steering committee envisions for our Slow Food OC chapter is facilitating collaborative relationships with the other like-minded organizations throughout the county — let’s work together! To this end the steering committee has invited about 20 chefs, farmers, teachers, food justice advocates and others concerned about sustainable access to good food to join together in a conversation. This will take place in mid-October. We are excited to find out what actions others are taking, how we can support them, collaborate, partner and build community together. We are looking forward to meeting with this group of leaders and hope to have some exciting ideas and projects to share with all of you as a result of this conversation.

Also coming up is Terra Madre Day on December 10. This is the anniversary of Slow Food. This year our chapter will be participating in a California-wide Terra Madre day celebration of foods in our state. In Orange County, we will be celebrating “Slow Citrus.” We are looking to plan a variety of activities to celebrate the range of citrus grown in our county. We have two ideas: a backyard citrus gleaning and a marmalade cooking class. Please let us know if you have other ideas the chapter might enjoy!

Linda Elbert

Slow Food OC, Chair