Spring with Slow Food

Today, March 20th, is the first day of Spring!
Spring Fun Fact: “One long-term study found that, at least in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region, spring begins, on average, about three weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s”
Get your garden ready!
Now is a great time to start preparing your garden for planting. Here are some tips for a successful Colorado garden from our Slow Food gurus:
  1. Start adding soil amendments like compost and processed manure to your beds.
  2. Starting seeds inside allows you to have rare types of produce like heirloom tomatoes.
  3. It WILL freeze again. Plant only things that are resistant to cold weather.
  4. Watch the flowers to tell you what to plant.
    1. When daffodils bloom plant peas, fava and lettuce
    2. When large iris bloom plant green beans, squash and corn
    3. When roses bloom plant tomatoes, eggplant and basil
Ark of Taste Potatoes
The Ark of Taste is an international catalog of endangered foods. This Spring we have a limited amount of Makah Ozette and Bodega Red potatoes available in our office for your gardens!These potatoes can be planted at anytime, take 2 weeks to germinate and are quite hearty. Bodega Reds take 80 days to mature and Makah Ozette take 120 days. Add some Ark of Taste to your garden!
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If you are interested in picking up some potatoes, let us know and we will coordinate the best time for you to come to the Slow Food Office.
SPRING EVENTS

Earth Day Dig In.

April 22, 2018. 11AM-3PM

Join us on Earth Day at the Infinite Monkey Theorem for planting activities, seed saving demos, a screening of Deeply Rooted, red beans and rice, libations, tastes and more!

Dinner at Urban Farmer.

April 26, 2018. 7PM-9PM

Urban Farmer Denver’s seasonally driven menu highlights nose-to-tail cuts of Naturally raised meat, carefully curated by Executive Chef Chris Starkus.

Cider Tour & Lunch.

April 28, 2018. 11AM-2PM

Enjoy a tour of STEM ciders with Head Cider Maker Ian followed by a family style lunch, cider tasting and some table talk with Chef Daniel Asher on sourcing ethos.

Slow Food Social.

May 15, 2018. 6PM-7:30PM

Enjoy local and sustainable pizza and drinks at Sazza, while meeting with new friends and supporting Slow Food. A percentage of the day’s proceeds will go to local Slow Food programming.

Butchery and Curing.

June 3, 2018. 5PM-7PM

During this class, participants will learn the process of hog butchery, basic curing principles and taste the spectrum of succulent salumi made at Il Porcellino.

Volunteer Opportunities.

Preserve the Harvest Series: 
Sign up to be an ambassador.Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment:
Found out how to be a class assistant.Slow Food Denver Internship:
Help with fundraising, event planning, and outreach.

Terra Madre.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is one of the world’s most important events dedicated to artisan and small-scale food and wine producers, as well as a forum of exchange for producers and consumers from around the world. Slow Food USA encourages Americans to attend the event, and will have 195 delegate scholarships available from Slow Food International.The scholarship application is available here and is due on March 31.

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