Monday, July 12, 2010

EarthDancers chosen as U.S. Delegates to TERRA MADRE!

EarthDance is a not-for-profit organization, with 501c3 status, whose mission is to grow and inspire local F.A.R.M.S.—Food, Art, Relationships & Music… Sustainably! EarthDance farms at the historical Mueller Organic Farm in Ferguson, MO.

An EarthDance food community will be part of the U.S. delegation to Terra Madre, an international gathering of Slow Food producers, chefs, educators, and activists! Over 900 individuals applied this year, and EarchDance will represent 5 of the lucky 450 folks who were selected as U.S. delegates!

This exciting event happens every 2 years in Torino, Italy, and brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. The five-day meeting will unite food communities, cooks, academics, youth and musicians from all over the world, who share a desire to promote sustainable local food production in harmony with the environment while respecting knowledge handed down over the generations. Our Farm Manager Vicki Lander, Market Manager Julie Holley, Founding Director Molly Rockamann, Lincoln University partner Karen 'Mimo' Davis, and 2009 apprentice Karrie Johnson will be attending.

If you have frequent flyer miles that you are able to contribute or know of another way to reduce their travel expenses to help sponsor their delegation, please let Molly know! (Their lodging, meals, and the conference itself are paid for by the Italian government!) They will bring the experience home to all of us in as many ways as they can.  They hope to send another EarthDance delegation to Terra Madre 2012!

Congratulations to EarthDance!

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