Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Slow Fooders Dig In!

Like other Slow Fooders across the nation participating in Dig In!, a contingent from Slow Food Tufts volunteered their beautiful Saturday morning on a local farm. Just a quick 40-minute drive from Boston, the farm in Dracut is part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, which supports the growth of small and emerging farmers in Massachusetts.

Tufts students helped begin "winterizing" the farm by taking down the electric fencing, posts, and water pipes that surrounded delicious-looking peppers, basil, mums, and Swiss chard. To help the farmers prepare to move plants into the greenhouse, they put together plastic tables (not the way you put together Ikea furniture, but by actually sawing plastic pipes into table legs and pounding them in with a hammer!). It was a gorgeous day to be in the country, and great for busy graduate students to use their hands for activities other than typing and writing!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome Back!

Save the Date for Slow Food Tufts Kick-Off Meeting!
Thursday, September 16 @ noon in Jaharis 118 (Boston Campus)

The heat and freedom of summer may well have passed, but things at Slow Food Tufts are getting ramped up for the exciting activities we have planned for the fall semester!

If you're new to Tufts, or new to Slow Food (or both!), here's a brief description of who we are, what we do, and why you should consider becoming a member.

Who we are? Slow Food Tufts is an official student group at the Friedman School at Tufts University. SFT formed in 2009, and evolved out of the FOOD Group, a discussion circle started at the Friedman School. Most of our members have come from Friedman, but we are open to all graduate students at both the Medford and Boston campuses.

Our Mission?
Through its understanding of the connections between gastronomy, politics, agriculture, and the environment, Slow Food Tufts seeks to become an active player in agriculture, ecology and local cuisine. Slow Food Tufts links pleasure and food with awareness and responsibility. Our activities seek to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread the education of taste, and link producers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives.

What we do?
Slow Food Tufts strives to provide a forum for students interested in issues of food, agriculture and politics to engage in dialogue, learn from each other and connect with local food producers. We meet once a month while classes are in session and try to host a few potlucks as well. We also host guest speakers and lectures, organize film screenings, facilitate skill share workshops, and plan field trips to local farms. Other big events we've organized in the past include a Slow Food Trivia Night and a Student Homebrew Competition.

Here are a few potential slow food activities we have in the works for the fall...
  • Mozzerella making workshop with local cheesemakers
  • Canning fall produce skills share workshop
  • Tour of meat CSA farm and small-scale poultry farm with mobile processing unit
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • Bee keeping presentation
Also, we are pleased to announce our premier event of the fall: Slow Food Tufts welcomes Carlo Petrini (founder and president of Slow Food International) to the Friedman School on Wednesday October 6th at noon to discuss the future of food and the importance of biodiversity in our global food supply. This is sure to be a stellar event, and we could think of no better way to kick off the fall semester!

Lastly, we will be hosting our
2nd Annual Brew-off and Beer-luck in the Spring. This graduate student homebrew competition was such a success last year that we had to commit to making it an annual event. We will be looking for co-chairs to organize this event, so stay tuned, or contact Juli.Obudzinski@tufts.edu for more info.

Why become a member?
So now that we've shared all the riveting food-related activities we have planned for the upcoming semester, this is the part where you ask how you can become involved. Easy - you can become a member of Slow Food Tufts! This is as simple as showing up to our monthly meetings and getting on our email list so we can send you invites to Slow Food events and other activities. As a member, you get first dibs on all SFT hosted events, and get to play an exciting role in planning future activities. We're always looking for great ideas for Slow Food Tufts and volunteers to help make our events possible.

And don't forget our
Fall Kick-Off Meeting will be in Jaharis 118 on Thursday September 16th at noon. No need to RSVP, just bring your lunch and join us!

Hope to see you on Sept 16th!!

Slow Food Tufts officers:

Ronit Ridberg, Co-Chair
Jesse Appelman, Co-Chair
Julia Simons, Treasurer
Juli Obudzinski, Administration