• 08Jun

    Programs Manager

    We are seeking a motivated, strategic and highly skilled Program Manager who will be responsible for overseeing Slow Food USA’s youth work, leading the development of innovative projects and campaigns that move towards good, clean, and fair food practices. The Program Manager also works in collaboration with the program staff to strategize, develop, and implement national grassroots campaigns that engage our network and the broader public to bring about change in the food system. Areas of work include staff supervision, workplan implementation, budget, and alliances.

    You can download a complete description for the Programs Manager position here.

    Membership Manager

    The Membership Manager is a new position created to develop and grow the Slow Food USA membership in order to achieve these goals, and the Membership Manager will have responsibility for creating a structured and sophisticated annual fund/membership giving program. The position is focused on maximizing membership revenue, though because membership at Slow Food USA sits at the nexus between the development, communications and program departments, the successful applicant will work closely with staff in all three areas to achieve a wide array of goals.

    You can download a complete description for the Membership Manager here.

    Programs Manager, Slow Food in Schools

    Slow Food In Schools is a national network of local (community-based) projects that address issues related to the food system within K-12 public education institutions. These projects range from school gardens, cooking classes and curriculum development, to advocacy for improving federally funded school meals. We are seeking a motivated, strategic and highly skilled Program Manager who will lead strategies to support the current projects, help build new projects, and ensure that the collective work is improving the conditions for students, teachers, and parents, particularly in the communities most impacted by a broken food system.

    You can download a complete description for the Programs Manager Slow Food In Schools here.

  • 08Apr

    The Yale Sustainable Food Project is honored to host Carlo Petrini, Founder and President of Slow Food International, on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:00 pm.

    The event is free and open to the public (with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis).

    Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 pm
    Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    195 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut

    Mr. Petrini is a vibrant force who has led the Slow Food movement to great international visibility. In 2004, he was named a “European Hero” by Time magazine and in January 2008 he was the only Italian to appear in The Guardian’s list of “50 People Who Could Save the World.” At Yale, he will present a talk on the international Slow Food movement and his new book, Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities.

    At the core of Slow Food’s mission is the belief that food should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.

    Mr. Petrini’s visit is cosponsored by Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale’s Office of Sustainability, Yale Dining, and the Yale Sustainable Food Project.

  • 06Nov

    Food Hub: Cultivating a Local Economy
    From The Portland Slow Food Newsletter:
    Here at Slow Food Portland, we are constantly amazed by the vibrant local food economy springing up around us. Packed farmers markets and an ever increasing assortment of local produce that fills our grocery shelves and restaurant menus seem to herald a new dawn for local, sustainable agriculture. Yet every year farmers, ranchers and fishermen continue to go out of business, many from having not found a viable method for accessing and profiting from the burgeoning local food market.

    That’s what gets us excited about Food Hub, a new tool developed by local non profit, Ecotrust. A new online database that launched this week, Food Hub is a directory and marketplace that makes it easy for regional food buyers and sellers to find each other, connect and do business.

    “FoodHub is designed to be a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for the chef who needs six dozen artichokes for a menu special, the baker looking for a local source for flour, or the large institutional food buyer whose purchasing power could significantly stabilize a family farm,” said Deborah Kane, vice president of Ecotrust’s Food and Farms program.

    Local farmers, restaurateurs, and institutional buyers from hospitals, schools, colleges and grocery stores can check out the website to learn more. From now until December 31st, those who join receive 20% off the annual membership fee.

    For all of us in the general public of eaters, this could mean many more delicious local products in our restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores. Bon appétit!

  • 18Oct

    Slow food USA is current hiring for a Special Assistant to the President in our Brooklyn, NY based office. Instructions and details follow. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

    Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization working to create a just and sustainable food system. Slow Food USA has 210 chapters, with more than 70,000 members and supporters in the United States, and is part of a larger 130-country international network. The organization creates youth programs to bring the values of eating local, sustainable and just food to schools and campuses, revitalizes and renews disappearing foods and food traditions, and advocates for a national food policy in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet. The Slow Food USA office is located in Brooklyn, NY. Slow Food USA is a part of the international Slow Food movement, which includes members in 130 countries. 

    We are currently seeking a highly motivated Special Assistant to drive the internal and external activities of the President of Slow Food USA. Slow Food USA is in the midst of our Child Nutrition Act Campaign, having successfully produced a national day of action with 300 events in all 50 states on Labor Day, 2009. The president drives change within the organization and the movement using our networks, requiring deep engagement with all levels of the organization. The Special Assistant to the President will maintain and, where appropriate, design systems to support rapid change and agility in these exciting times. In this capacity the Special Assistant to the President will be a key member of the senior leadership team and will work closely with other director-level positions, the program staff, and the Board of Directors. Read more »

  • 05Oct

    1. Putting your investments where your dinner is… Investing in Small Scale farms, Urban Farms, Sustainable farms, Local Food Systems

    Slow Money takes its name from a culinary movement called Slow Food.

    There is an exploding demand for what small farms and food producers have to offer. Yet, banks see agriculture as a risky business, and brokers trade stock in agribusiness giants, not small, local operations.

    Farmers need cash and a system to get it to them.

    That’s what Slow Money activists want to create: an investment system in which profit expectations are redefined so that big money can help small agricultural producers provide people with local, wholesome food. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/09/24/f-gutnick-slow-money.html


    2. Ag 2.0 & NewSeed Advisors identifies, nurtures and invests in companies that make agriculture more sustainable.
    Janine Yorio is the principal and is pioneering the connection of producers to investors. Financing is the most underserved area of local food systems.

  • 25Sep

    Good Farm Movement: The Culture of Agriculture is a fantastic blog which I just discovered. It has great resources and posts related to young farmers local, sustainable, value added, slow food, and lots of other food and farming issues.

    Check it out at: http://www.goodfarmmovement.com/

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