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SLOWednesdays After Schlafly Farmers Market

Slow Food St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting food traditions, is pleased to announce the 2014 SLOWednesday schedule, with a selection of educational events and a series of films that will not only whet your appetite for local, sustainable food, but will bring out the activist in you as well.

SLOWednesday will be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00). The cost is a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds benefit Slow Food St. Louis’ Small Farm Micro Biodiversity Grant, which has given $57,000 to local farmers over the past five seasons. SLOWednesday is sponsored by Schlafly Beer.

APRIL 9 – St. Louis Farm to Table Food Loop

Introducing Slow Food St. Louis’ Farm to Table Food Loop, a directory of over 50 farms and community-supported agricultural programs (CSAs) supporting the St. Louis area. A group of local food advocates and experts came together to formulate an easy-to-access, hands-on, and information-packed listing to guide consumers to local food purchasing operations. Come find out about the project and learn how you can help spread the word about local farms.

MAY 14 – Seeds of Freedom (2012) – 30 minutes / Selected Short Films

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system. The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified seeds in particular, have impacted the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

JUNE 11 – St. Louis Garlic Fest

Learn about this annual celebration of the garlic harvest and all things garlic, scheduled for June 21, 2014. Slow Food St. Louis also plans on introducing their Garlic Crop Swapping project, which aims to bring many varieties of garlic to farmers and gardeners in the St. Louis region.

JULY 9 – The Harvest (2012) – 80 minutes

Every year,  more than 400,000 American children are torn away from their friends, schools, and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla, and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest profiles these children as they “journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.”

AUGUST 13 – Growing Cities (2013) – 92 minutes

Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. The film follows two friends on a road trip across the country, where they meet the people who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food—from those growing food in backyards to make ends meet; to educators with the goal of teaching children to eat better; to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more. At its core, the film asks viewers to re-imagine what’s possible in urban settings and shows how everyone can be a producer in a society driven by consumption.

SEPTEMBER 10 – Blue Heron Orchard film / Biodiversity Grants

See a short film that visits Blue Heron Orchard, the only organic apple orchard in the state of Missouri, and meet owner Dan Kelly. Kelly and Blue Heron have been recipients of the Slow Food St. Louis biodiversity microgrant in previous season, and they will talk about how the grants helped their small farm.

OCTOBER 8 – Cucina Revista (2012) – 30 minutes / Discussion of Slow Food International’s Terra Madre

This film takes you on a culinary tour through the breathtaking landscapes and the inviting Italian towns of Spoleto, Spello, Todi and more. Visit the medieval town of Bevagna and experience Italian regional cuisine of typical Umbrian restaurants and agritourismos, where locally-grown produce is used passionately and is a feast for the stomach and the eyes. Go truffle hunting as well and enjoy a medieval festival in the picturesque town of Orvieto. Can we not do the same in St. Louis?

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