A New International Network, Part of the Slow Food Network
Cultivating heritage and traditional foods throughout Turtle Island
This new association has grown out of a decade-long process of collaboration between Native American farmers, food producers, chefs, and advocates with Slow Food International, Slow Food USA, and the wider Terra Madre network. Many of us had traveled to Italy to share the knowledge of the Presidia Anishinaabeg manoomin (wild rice), Navajo churro sheep and the Ark of Taste products such as the Iroquois White corn, Okanagan salmon, and many other Native American traditional foods and issues. One of our committed leaders, Winona LaDuke, since the beginning advocated for Native food issues with Slow Food getting our sacred wild rice on the Ark of Taste and the Presidia opening right after they were formed. Some of us had been a part of other Slow Food projects and the Cultural Conservancy produced the Native American Food Pavilion at the first Slow Food Nation in San Francisco in 2008.
Our association is led by a 10-member steering committee and we are currently engaged in an outreach effort to assess interest and offerings and build our membership. Members of our steering committee include Native American-led nonprofit organizations, Native individuals and associations.
Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Honor the Earth
Native American Food Sovereignty Association
Navajo Lifeway, Inc
Taos County Economic Development
The Cultural Conservancy
Traditional Native American Farmer’s Association
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