Slow Leadership in Fast Times

October 29-30, 2011  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The purpose of this conference is for Slow Food leaders, members and friends to have a setting where we can learn from, talk with, share ideas with and support the efforts of the individuals on both panels---people who are innovators and leaders  in food policy and school gardens/child nutrition. Those 2 topics are the most discussed in any Slow Food leaders gathering with food justice close behind (but that will be well covered at the Community Food Summit in Miami-Sept. 29-Oct. 4)

Cost: $15 per person

Slow Leadership in Fast Times is a two day, bi-annual eeting for Slow Food leaders from across Florida. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29th and 30th and is hosted by Slow Food Glades to Coast chapter from 11am to 6pm.

The first day of the symposium will be held at Pine Jog Environmental Center at 6301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach and for the first time, open to the public to allow people interested in sustainable green policy to learn from reliable sources about food policy, child nutrition and school gardens. The second day is at Swank Farms for Slow Food leaders only.

"There's so much misinformation out there," explains Diane Campion, leader of Slow Food Glades to Coast Chapter, "we are hping that by opening the meeting on day we will not only allow those who are interested in food education and food policy to exchange information, but reach out to members of the community to help clarify issues and get some straight talk about food policies and how they affect the future."

Saturday offers two panel discussions, numerous displays from presenters in the Pine Jog Gallery enabling the public to ask questions one to one, as well as a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, What's Organic about Organic? Special guests at the screening are producer/director Shelley Rogers and co-producer Marty Mesh, Executive Director of Florida Organic Growers. Limited admission for the day is available at $15 per person.

Attendees may check in between 11:00 am - 12:30 pm or take a tour of Pine Jog, then proceed to the first panel discussion moderated by Erica Whitfield of RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Project, fro 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. The topic is "School Gardens and Farm to School" with panelists Renee Frigo-Graef - Slow Food Miami, Larisa Alonso - SF Glades to Coast Nutritionist, Lyn Cacella - Florida Ag in Schools-Farm Credit, Susan Toth - Dir. of Education Pine Jog Environmental Center, FAU, and Lori Robbins - Unity School Nutritionist, Delray Beach and winner of the 2010 Snail Award.

A 30 minute intermission with refreshments precedes the Food Policy Panel moderated by Rick Hawkins from Localecopia from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm with panel members Herman Holley - Red Hills Alliance, Trish Strawn - Florida Food Policy Council, Robert Kulson - Sarasota Food Policy Council, and Mario Yanez - Greater Evergaldes Foodshed/EarthLearning.

The documentary, What's Organic about Organic?, a positive film which illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility, begins at 4:30 pm followed by a question and answer session with the film's director/producer and co-producer.

Sunday-Oct. 30:  Slow Food Leaders only

Cost: $12 per person donation for food and drink

10:00 Swank Farm tour -Loxahatchee
Darrin and Jodi Swank will talk about their farm & Farm to Table / working with chefs
11:30 -Lunch with Chef Dak- Pizzeria Oceano
Chef Dak will talk about Farm to Table from a chefs viewpoint 
Lauren Belinsky from Whole Foods will talk about how they can help your CSA program, grants for garden projects, help with donations  & support your SF chapter
1:00-Florida Slow Food Leaders meeting:
set agenda: Where does Florida Slow Food go from here
Develop some long term goals
adjourn around 2:30-3:00