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Slow Food was started by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists in the 1980s with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Today Slow Food represents a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.

In 1986, Slow Food was created in Italy after a demonstration on the intended site of a McDonald's at the Spanish Steps in Rome. Opposing the standardization of taste and culture; the unrestrained power of food industry multinationals; and industrial agriculture, the organization was formalized in 1989.

The Slow Food approach is based on a concept of food quality that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

GOOD: a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture.

CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.

FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.

It became clear to Slow Food that it is only through repeated, cumulative, local action, following a guiding global vision, that a significant impact can be achieved. And, thus Terra Madre was conceived: To give voice and visibility to the rural food producers who populate our world. To raise their awareness, as well as that of the population at large, of the value of their work.

The Terra Madre network was launched by Slow Food in 2004 to give a voice and visibility to those around the world whose approach to food production protects the environment and communities. The first world meeting of Terra Madre food communities, held in Italy, brought together 5,000 producers from 130 countries. Since 2004, the network has come together every two years at the global meeting, while national and regional meetings are regularly organized around the world.

The Slow Food movement has had many influences and continues to grow. By believing food is tied to the other aspects of life, including culture, politics, land-use and the environment, it is through our food choices that we can collectively bring about great change. It was through this understanding that Paolo Saturnini gave rise to Cittaslow (pronounced cheetah-slow) in 1999.

The past mayor of Greve in Chianti, a small town in Tuscany, Italy, Saturnini considered the town itself and a different way of development based on improving the quality of life for its citizens. His thoughts rapidly spread all over Italy. His ideals were endorsed by Mayors of the towns of Bra (Francesco Guida), Orvieto (Stefano Cimicchi) and Positano (Domenico Marrone) as well as the president of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini himself. The main goal of Cittaslow was, and still is, to engage the philosophy of Slow Food within the local governence of towns applying the concepts of eco-gastronomy at practice in everyday life.

Living slow means being slowly hasty; "festina lente" latins used to say ? seeking the "modern times counterpart." In other words, looking for the best of the knowledge of the past and enjoying it thanks to the best possibilities of the present and the future.

Managing a Slowcity is just a particular way of carrying on an ordinary life-style rather than blindly accepting today's global trends. Of course this way is meant to be less frantic and yielding; but, there is no doubt that it will be more human, environmentally correct and sensible for present and future generations. The intent is to respect small realities in a more and more globally connected world.

Citaslow celebrates "towns where men are still curious of the old times; towns rich of theatres, squares, cafes, workshops, restaurants and spiritual places; towns with untouched landscapes and charming craftsman where people are still able to recognize the slow course of the Seasons and their genuine products respecting tastes, health and spontaneous customs...." (from Cittaslow Manifesto).

Slow Food, together with those cities which mirror themselves in its ideals, have built the Cittaslow international network

that has expanded to over 182 towns and 28 countries all over the world since 1999. While such a goal may seem utopian in our "fast" times, the existing Cittaslow partners believe the designation "Slow City" will become the mark of quality for smaller communities (only those with less than 50,000 residents may apply).

Sonoma Valley is the first area in the United States to be designated Cittaslow. Cittaslow USA serves Sonoma Valley and also acts as a model for other towns interested in becoming Cittaslow in the USA.


Residing on Whidbey Island, Vicki Robin has released her new book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us, What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. The book documents Ms. Robin's trek from her ideas of frugal living to exclusively eating and drinking from within a 10-mile radius – a hyper-locavore by many peoples standards. Within its pages she coins the term "Relational Eating." This term, Relational Eating, supports a better explanation of the benefits of sourcing your food products locally; and, serves as a daily reminder of what we serve to benefit from. In her final chapters she summarizes her lessons learned from her 10-mile diet which are excerpted here:

1. My relationship with my body shifted. Instead of it being a possession I judged, adorned, displayed, fed, and used as I liked, I saw it now as a living, breathing part of a living landscape. When I take three deep breaths to start meditation, I am not just relaxing my body, I am filling my lungs and belly with "here." Here receives my feet when I walk.

2. My relationship with food has shifted. Instead of yo-yoing between

gluttony and "dieting," I actually enjoy food. It's the relational part that made the difference. I get intimacy and nourishment now, not just flavor and…OMG calories. The word diet has become what one eats "here" – just as people have done for centuries.

3. My relationship with my community has shifted. I had no real stake in the place – in the people or nature. Through local eating, I actually came home.

4. My relationship with cooking has shifted. From someone with an inadequate repertoire of dishes I liked, I have become a cook with the growing ability to "feel" what I might do with this root or leaf or fruit or muscle right in front of me, and how I might honor its qualities by cooking it well.

5. My relationship with entitlement even changed. The unconscious privilege afforded by my class, education, and experiences has switched to a humble awareness that whoever my ego imagines I am, the reality is that I live by the grace of what lives around me.

6. Finally, my relationship with activism has changed. I'm no longer fueled by an underlying terror at what my species is making of this world and am motivated now by a real sense that our lives can truly be a blessing for the earth.


Check out the BILLY THE GREEK BURGER at the Harbour Pub!
All natural, locally-raised, ground, goat with organic spinach, goat cheese, green garbanzo hummus & pickled red onion Served with Pub-cut fries.

The EduCulture Project

UPDATE: The recent fundraising campaign was the most successful ever for EduCulture as a result of tremendous support from the community, partners with the One-Call- for-All (OCFA) Foundation and The Harbour Public House.

This past fall and winter, EduCulture was named by OCFA as one of five featured partner agencies. In addition, owners of the Harbour Public House offered to match up to $7,500 in contributions. The Pub launched a campaign to help publicize the work of EduCulture with a feature article on their menu and by offering other promotional materials to spread the word about the

Edible and Heritage Education programs.

As a result, EduCulture experienced double the number of contributors and triple the amount of contributions. The campaign brought in a record over $11,500; more than $8,000 through OCFA and $3,500 in direct contributions.

According to Executive Director Jonathan Garfunkel, "The contribution from the pub and its patrons will enrich and enhance our programs with Butler Green Farms at historic Morales and Suyematsu Farms."

Thank you for your generosity!

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Caroyn Steel's well-researched tome Hungry City uses celebrated architect Christopher Alexander's 'tree' system as a model for how most American and Britain food networks work. As a diagram, the model illustrates a system in which many roots are channeled into a single trunk that then feeds many branches and lots of tiny leaves. Since the leaves can only get their nutrition from the trunk, the latter has a monopoly over their supply. If we as the leaves want more influence over our food supplies, then we need a different sort of system that joins the leaves directly to the roots. That would be what Alexander calls a semi-lattice: a complex network of interconnections – localized, personal, flexible, multi-directional – all of which can affect the other.
This interconnectedness is what Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, explains as "food as dialogue." If we, as buyers and end-users of the food that is grown, establish direct communication with our farmers and our value-added producers, we become co-producers. Open lines of communications are networks and channels that flow both ways.


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Ambrose F. Grow

Ambrose Grow and his wife, Amanda, and their family came to Eagle Harbor in 1881. He was a Civil War veteran and came because of the descriptive letters he had read in the New York and Kansas papers telling of the virtues of Bainbridge Island. Selling his large farm in Manhattan, Kansas, he homesteaded 160 acres here along the waterfront. In addition to being a charter member of the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church and the Madrone Schools, he was a prolific correspondent to the happenings in Eagle Harbor and environs.

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