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Gathering Together Farm's Sally Brewer off to Italy

Sally Brewer leaves today for Italy. She's off to take part in a five day meeting and celebration known as Terra Madre that brings together food communities from all over the world.

Gathering Together Farm's Sally Brewer off to Italy

Gathering Together Farm

October 19, 2010

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Sally Brewer leaves today for Italy. She’s off to take part in a five day meeting and celebration known as Terra Madre that brings together food communities from all over the world. Terra Madre was launched by Slow Food International “to give a voice and visibility to the small-scale farmers, breeders, fishers and food artisans around the world whose approach to food production protects the environment and communities”. As a farmer, Sally will unite with more than 5,000 other farmers, cooks, and academics from over 130 countries that are joining together with the shared goal of advancing sustainable, local food production that works in harmony with the natural environment, and passes on traditional knowledge of land stewardship, and food preparation to future generations. Sounds pretty incredible right? People from all over the world coming together to share their own experiences, traditions, viewpoints and ideas, around the one thing that we all have in common, Food.

This year will be the fourth time that Terra Madre has taken place, and this year Gathering Together Farm will be represented by a team including Sally Brewer, GTF’s restaurant Chef JC Mersman, and OSU Professor of Anthropology Joan Gross. These three make up a team of Farmer, Cook, and Academic. The conference takes place in Turin, which is just outside of Milano, Italy. During the conference more than 70 Earth Workshops will be held, touching on everything from biodiversity, systems of production, education, laws and policy. According to the Terra Madre website within these workshops “fishers, breeders, farmers, researchers and cooks participating in Terra Madre will discuss various themes linked to sustainable agriculture and the future of resources, sharing experiences and proposing solutions”.

I know that most of you choose to participate in our CSA program because you already recognize the importance of eating organic food, you want to know where your food is coming from, and who you are supporting, and we so appreciate your support and your interest. Over this last season here at the farm I’ve really become aware that the more connections that you make with people who care about our food system and the impact that it has on our world, the more you realize that good people know other good people. And pretty soon, the connections all start to overlap. A web would be a great way to describe how a food community works; from the central core threads of farmers, spreading out and overlapping with all the people who make a farm run. These connections spread out further to the cooks, in restaurants, and in homes, food brings people together, and it’s often over plates and around dinner tables that you share ideas with your family, and friends. In this way we are all connected in spite of our differences.

Terra Madre is an international convergence of our local food communities, the web stretching a little bigger and intersecting at a point we can all agree on; the fact that we love good food. Good food that helps people to grow in more way than one. Good food that is produced in a way that will make it so that the next generation can enjoy both the beauty of the natural world, and the food traditions of previous generations. Food connects us to one another, and while I can’t officially say that that is Slow Foods official statement, it is mine. Thank you for the connection.

Devon Sanders, CSA Coordinator

For more information, check out Terra Madre online or download the PDF

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