There are a few ways that you can engage with Slow Food Perth County.
Become a Member
Slow Food begins with each of us, in the hearts, head and stomachs of responsible eaters, farmers, cooks, teachers, politicians, grandparents…
The diversity of Slow Food’s members is one of its greatest strengths. As a grassroots organization, the members play a firsthand role by organizing events and campaigns and by taking part in local, national and international activities.
As a member you:
- Join a network of like-minded individuals… from Mexican campesiños and French chefs, to Mongolian herdsmen and Berkeley professors, Vietnamese fisher folk and Italian wine producers… all different, all unique, all working towards the same goal. Slow Food provides the opportunities for sharing and collaboration.
- Join a local convivium and become involved to protect and enjoy your culinary heritage and promote good, clean and fair food in your community.
- Support the Slow Food philosophy in practice – slow down and use your senses to become a ‘co-producer’, a responsible consumer who chooses to enjoy quality food produced in harmony with the earth and local cultures. What’s good for you is good for the planet!
- Get plenty of food for thought and stay in touch with the worldwide Slow Food network through electronic and printed publications – monthly Slow Food and Terra Madre newsletter, the Slow Food Almanac, an annual review of what’s happening in the Slow Food world, and the Slow Food Companion (first time members) – as well as through local, regional and international events.
- Receive discounted admission to Slow Food Perth County events. Our convivium hosts several fun and educational events throughout the year that help connect consumers (“co-producers”) with local producers and that help raise awareness about good, clean, fair food.
- Make it possible for the Perth County convivium to send delegates to Italy for the bi-annual Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. All members are eligible. Click here for more information about Terra Madre.
For more details about Slow Food membership, including categories, terms and associated fees, click here.
To become a member or to renew your membership, please download the membership form by clicking the link below. You may complete the form (in Microsoft Excel) electronically or print and complete.
Alternatively, you may choose to register/renew online through Slow Food International.
To do so, please click here and follow instructions provided.
Slow Food Perth County hosts and participates in many events throughout the year and the successful execution of these initiatives is not possible without the contributions of amazing volunteers. Although we are all foodies at heart, our convivium comprises individuals from all walks of Perth County life, with unique skill sets and schedules. When we combine our efforts though, the results are fun, educational, and always delicious.
If you’d like to get involved with Slow Food Perth County by volunteering your time and skills for the planning, promotion, execution and enjoyment of our events and initiatives, please contact us.
Be a Co-Producer
Slow Food encourages everyone to slow down and use their senses to become a ‘co-producer’, a responsible consumer who chooses to enjoy quality food produced in harmony with the environment and local cultures. What’s good for you is good for the world!
Slow Food coined the term co-producer to highlight the power of the consumer – that we can go beyond a passive role to take an active interest in those who produce our food, how they produce it and the problems they face in doing so. In this way, we become part of the production process.
Co-producers support local farmers, fishermen, breeders, cheesemakers etc, not only purchasing their products but also tapping into the wealth of information and advice and they can offer us. In this way we can learn more about quality and increase our understanding of what a healthier, tastier and more responsible diet means in our region.
Direct contact between consumers and producers is one of the best ways for this to be able to happen, through farmers’ markets, direct farm sales and Community Supported Agriculture schemes. When direct contact is not possible, consumers can try to seek out retailers who stock local produce and can talk in an informed way about the food they sell (its origin, cultivation and production techniques etc.).
With more aware and informed consumers, farmers are also more motivated to work using methods that safeguard food diversity, the environment and quality.
We are all co-producers. To help co-producers connect with local producers, Slow Food Perth County has established a fun a diverse market, which was founded in June 2010. Currently operating in Stratford’s historic Market Square, the market is not only a place to purchase good, clean and fair food, but to meet the producers and talk to them about their farming/artisanal practices. Grab a cuppa good, clean, fair java at nearby Revel Caffe and come mingle with friends and family in the heart of downtown Stratford. For more information about our market, visit our Market section.