Featured Initiatives

Founded in 1989, Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. To do this, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. A non-profit, member-supported organization, today Slow Food has over 100,000 members in 150 countries.Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth, and food communities, Slow Food USA links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge, and environment that make this pleasure possible. Its mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all. It envelops a concept of living and eating in certain way, embraced by over 18,000 members throughout the U.S.

Slow Food D.C. represents the National Capital Region, including the District of Colombia, Virginia, and Maryland. As a community Slow Food D.C. promotes and celebrates local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources; works to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations; and supports the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food. The initiative organizes volunteer activities, dinners, tastings, tours, lectures, and community outreach events providing Slow Food D.C. members an opportunity to explore the richness of the region’s culinary heritage. Its goal is to connect eaters with the biodiverse and sustainable food producers, as well as increase public awareness of the slow food philosophy.

For more information, visit Slow Food D.C.'s website .

Terra Madre is a project conceived by Slow Food as a result of its growth and development and its conviction that “eating is an agricultural act and producing is a gastronomic act.”
Since Slow Food was founded, the importance of protecting and supporting small-scale producers has become increasingly clear. Terra Madre was born to give them voice and visibility, to raise awareness of the true value of their work, and provide them with the tools needed to be able to work in better conditions. The Terra Madre network was launched in 2004 during its inaugural meeting in Turin. Almost immediately, it took Slow Food to places it had never been before, including many African, Latin American and Asian countries. In fact, much of the active work that Slow Food carries out today would not have been possible the network. Driven by personal knowledge and experiences, it brings inspiration, ideas, issues and a personal touch. The role of the Slow Food association is also fundamental. This is thanks to the dynamism of its members around the world, the international media interest it attracts and, more generally, the new awareness it creates through its activities. It is also able to quickly generate contacts, relationships, opportunities and visibility.
In 2012, the Terra Madre network became stronger. The number of local projects multiplied and the fifth international gathering was held in October, with closer and more visible integration with Salone del Gusto. This closer collaboration was also one of the cornerstones of the sixth International Congress. Here, the delegates no longer reflected the official structure of the Slow Food association, but instead represented the extensive presence of the Slow Food and Terra Madre network around the world.
For more information, visit Terra Madre's website .

Libera Terra ("Freed Land") was created with the aim of developing stunning but historically "difficult" territories. After a social and productive rehabilitation of assets freed from various mafia groups, the organization aims to obtain high quality products, which respect both the environment and the dignity of its workers. But Libera Terra also plays an active role by involving other producers, who share the same principles, and by promoting organic farming more generally. The mission of the Libera Terra project is to give dignity to territories with a strong mafia presence through the creation of autonomous and cooperative farms that are self-sufficient, stable, and that are able to create work places, thereby establishing a moral economic system based on legality, social justice and market.
"Libera (Freed). Associations, Names and Numbers Against Mafia Organizations" was created on March 25, 1995 with the purpose of buttressing civil society in its fight against mafia organizations and with the hope of promoting legality and justice. Currently Liberacoordinates more than 1600 regionally-based associations, groups, and schools committed to constructing political-cultural and organizational synergies, synergies which will spread a culture of legality. Some concrete examples of Libera's commitments are: the law on social use of goods confiscated from mafia organizations, educational projects promoting democratic legality, activism against corruption, anti-mafia training camps, work and development projects, and actions against exploitation. Libera is recognized by the Ministry of Social Solidarity as an "association of social advancement". In 2008 Eurispes(the most important Italian think tank dealing with social, political and economic research) declared Libera an Italian success story. In 2012 "The Global Journal" put Libera among the one hundred best NGOs (non-governmental organizations) - the only Italian community empowerment organization present in the list. It is also the first non-profit organization on the list.
For more information, visit Libera Terra's website .