Saturday, December 12, 2009

Terra Madre Day Celebrations in Waitakere

Terra Madre Day Celebrations in Waitakere

Terra Madre Day with the Community Garden

Slow Food had a double celebration this year. The weekend preceding Terra Madre Day saw a community celebrating its garden and for us in Slow Food, celebrating the creation of our Slow Food plot in that garden and our first very successful class of children learning to grow their own food.

There were many visitors amazed at the work that had been done. The politicians present mentioned how good it was to see Slow Food complementing other community initiatives. They were impressed with us. Many guests were gifted half a cabbage (they were big) and an onion – all grown in the Slow Food plot.

We then feasted on delicious food grown in the garden – the children’s class made monstrous coleslaw with fresh cabbage, carrots and herbs and Karen made a broad bean dip with cumin and garlic and baked a loaf of rye bread to eat it with. Carlos and Chris planted beans and sweet peas around the edge of the fence. Alessandra did a great job talking to everyone about the benefits of joining Slow Food. Mimmo’s mouth watered as he eyed a few more artichokes ready for his delicate cooking.

The children made a scarecrow from old clothes and hay, buttons for eyes and mouth, and then raced around finding little gifts under the beetroot and silver beet leaves.

All in all it was a good day and for those of us in Slow Food, much more exposure for what we do and many positive comments about how we are doing it.

Karen Perri

Terra Madre Day at the Oratia Farmers Market

On Saturday 12 December Slow Food Waitakere celebrated Terra Madre Day at the local farmers market. We had a stall promoting Slow Food, and many visitors throughout the morning. Slow Food Waitakere members and producers received purple bean seedlings to put in their gardens, and we also distributed literature and info about Slow Food.
Thank you all for your support, and see you at the next event.

Alessandra Zecchini

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