We recently launched our mini–grant application and are now accepting submissions!
If you’re working on a project that is aligned with the Slow Food Huron Valley mission – strengthening our region’s food system, building community food security, and preserving our culinary heritage – and are in need of financial assistance, we encourage you to complete an application.
SE Michigan Terra Madre Delegate – Shiloh Maples
“I am thrilled to be attending and helping to represent southeast Michigan at Terra Madre this fall. Although I am anticipating this entire trip to be a life changing experience, I am most looking forward to being among such an inspiring and thought provoking group of people. Exchanging ideas and learning about their work in their own communities—deepen my understanding of local and global food systems—and finding where urban Native Americans fit into these conversations.”
Ypsi Food Co-op Screening of “Food For Change”
“Through the film screening of Food For Change, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op hopes to energize a spirit of cooperation; educate the general public about cooperatives building a better world socially, economically, and environmentally; strengthen and expand networks between groups working for more justice, better food & economic fairness; and increase the visibility & power of cooperatives in our region.”
Get Down Farm Thoughtlucks
When asked what they hope to achieve with the mini-grant, Get Down Farm said, “We want to build a community around a love of food, farming and changing the food system. We pick a theme [for our Thoughtluck] each month from worker rights in the meat industry to the types of rapidly growing breeds used in commercial production to discuss among attendees increasing their knowledge and facilitating a critical dialogue about our food system. All events are open to the public and free with a food or drink contribution. Barbecued Indian-style chicken will be served from Get Down farm for a small fee. All proceeds from the chicken will go directly into subsidizing the cost of a chicken CSA for low-income households.”
“We hope to provide a regular event at Cultivate where people will be able to learn about contemporary work being done to promote local, healthy and accessible food in the community. These sessions will help connect people to the issues as well as the organizations and individuals dedicated to making change.”
Bee Safe Ann Arbor
Bee Safe Ann Arbor is a project to protect bees and pollinators in our city. Everyone can participate by pledging not to spray pesticides and by planting bee-friendly forage in your yard. Eileen Dickinson and Rita Mitchell are leading educational awareness activities, speaking to neighbors about the importance of pollinators and inviting them to join. As a result of their work, City Council approved a resolution to designate Ann Arbor as a “Bee City Community” and to celebrate National Pollinator week in June.
Emily is part of the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program and is working on student programming for the Local Food Summit next year, “Students involved with the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program are seeking to partner with students at college campuses in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan to put on a new student summit focused on our food system.”
Liz owns Harding Honey in Rochester Hills. Not only does she support local honey production, she also teaches classes to kids and adults about honey bees and our dependence on them for our food. She says “Your generous check will enable me to buy two kids bee suits!”
We are thrilled to announce that King Elementary’s 5th grade teacher Neha Shah is the first recipient of Slow Food Huron Valley’s biodiversity and community engagement mini–grant.
She says “I am thrilled to have been invited to attend the first Slow Food USA School Garden Spring Break Conference cohort! It will be wonderful to attend a variety of workshops from hands-on gardening and taste education demos to group brainstorming around volunteer engagement and community partnerships. I’m truly excited about the “train the trainer” model of this conference as I hope to bring back wonderful ideas and knowledge to help our youth and adults spread the word in our community.”