Date: June 11, 2013, 7pm
Location: Upstairs Meeting Space at Fair Grinds
Total in Attendance: 15
What was covered:
2012-13 Recap and Look to the Future – Gary presented a PowerPoint that recapped the events and key dates of the last year.
Cheryl presented the financial situation.
- We’ve almost made back the money on T-shirts (still need to recoup $171.50)
- Moscow 57 (3/8/13) was a success – net profit $1,433.02
- Bayou Boogaloo was essentially break-even – net loss $355.23
We talked a bit about how the Boogaloo went:
Slow Food USA loved it.
Gary wants to be able to give back to the community. We need to start doing the job of giving back instead of just asking for stuff.
Membership report: signed up 61 members this year.
Slow Food Leadership Conference Highlights (5/17/13-5/19/13):
- Gary covered some of the highlights from the SFLC.
- International and USA Objectives:
- Ark of Taste
- Food Communities
- Gardens of Africa
- Goal: 10,000
- Garden sponsorship: $1,300
- USA Objectives:
- Youth Leadership
- Connectivity and Communication
- Snail of Approval
- We want to start this on a local level.
- Local Objectives:
- Communication and Connectivity
- Ronal Ferrucci – Webmaster
- Addie K Martin – Secretary
- Ark of Taste
- Documenting, preserving and restoring food heritage and cultural traditions
- Plaquemines, Lafourche, St Bernard Parishes
- Food Communities – Gardens in Africa
- Connect local gardens/farms with gardens in Africa
- Snail of Approval
- Events & Volunteers
- Slow Food NOLA delegation to Salone del Gusto and Terre Madre October 2014, Torino Italy!
Ica brought up that…
We should reach out to Delgado and other colleges that have more minorities. They are the real people we should be reaching out to. Tulane/Loyola might not have the diversity we want/need.
Send someone to City Hall to fight for community gardens, supporting gardens, organizing lists of CSAs.
Gave us kudos for a fantastic event at the Boogaloo.
Gary also brought up involving Nunez Community College (St. Bernard) with our initiatives.
Gary also talked about Aminata’s work on Ghana in textiles. She may be able to serve as a model for work we might want to do.
Marilyn brought up what she learned from the Baton Rouge organization. Planting citrus trees around the city and Slow Food members are shepherds of the trees. (Perhaps we can work with the NOLA Fruit Tree project).
Gary brought up that we have a lot of “bricks” in place with local food, but we have no architecture or mortar in place.
Ica brought up that education is missing. People don’t know how to use the products. We should do demos and teach people how to cook stuff.
Gary – But how do we promote these things? How do we organize?
Ica – Delgado teaches culinary, horticulture science, garden science. Involve them, let them have a role.
Ica – The youth involvement is key.
Gary wants to grow the chapter and keep this thing moving forward.
Ann brought up that we should have a speaker each month to help educate us and get our minds working. Get ideas on who they would like to have speak. Wants to help organize with a group.
Tess suggested a list serve so that we can have two-way communication. She will set up a Google group and a Facebook group for people who want to be very involved with the chapter. Give people the opportunity to add items to the agenda ahead of time.
Each of our initiatives needs a committee. Tess has come up with a sign up form and a link to it will be included in the meeting notes. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtyH_xkusRU0dGZEUU5EMjl5b2ZoYkVSN0xXNk9RN2c&usp=sharing
Marilyn wants to be the volunteer coordinator.
Don & Ica will work on Snail of Approval. Come up with guidelines for good, clean and fair. Measureable, quantifiable metrics for qualification. Seth also wants to be involved (was not present but Gary was aware of prior interest).
Gary talked about Blake Haney and Richard from St. James Cheese and they want to organize a delegation to send to Italy in 2014. Farmers, students, etc. Perhaps some of us but focus on sending people that really should go.
- July 14 – Slow Goat at St. James Cheese with Cleaver & Co.
- Aug 2-4 – SoFab’s International Farm to Table Symposium
- October (TBD) – Moscow 57 returns
- October 24 – National Food Day
- Maybe we can do a social ride that night and end up at Grow Dat.
- November 1-3 – St. Bernard Heritage Fest. (part of the Miro Foundation)
- Still working on how that will work
- December 10 – Terra Madre Day
- May 2014 – Slow Food Youth Retreat and Bayou Boogaloo
- House people at the hostel (pool and commercial kitchen)
- Demos and work at Grace Church
- Have the attendees give time and work on farms
- May be a week to 2 weeks
- Chefs to do demos and help kids learn to cook. Their food could be served.
- Find a sponsor for the tent so we can give back to Boogaloo, community
Meeting was adjourned around 8:25pm.