Slow Food Noosa Incorporated is supporting local growers and food artisans as well as promoting the Slow Food philosophy. All of our events embrace not only the Slow Food way but also raise much-needed funds to support our community. Our events assist projects and people who are making a positive difference in the community and promoting the Slow Food philosophy.
Slow Food Noosa School Garden Program
SLOW FOOD NOT FAST FOOD SAY STUDENTS
Under the sublime skies of Noosa’s winter sun, students are learning that slow food, not fast food is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
Slow Food Noosa have partnered with the Noosa Environmental Education Hub (Noosa EEHub) to teach school children across the region how to grow easy and nutritious micro greens thanks to the expert advice of Sharon Koski from The Green Shed in Palmwoods.
“Micro-Greens are highly nutritious and fun to grow, they are a food source that children can easily propagate in containers and reap the rewards in a week” said Sharon Koski.
Slow Food Noosa have contributed funds to support a number of Noosa schools who will work to successfully propagate micro greens to sell back to their community. The year 2 students at Sunshine Beach State Primary School were the first to learn the tips of the trade from Sharon under their “Good to Grow” curriculum.
“The project is delivering a rich curriculum extension, hands on engaging experience with strong community connections. Educating our next generation on Slow Food’s ideology of eating local, seasonal and fresh food” said Carolyn Winkler President of Slow Food Noosa.
“The opportunity to partner Slow Food Noosa and further the message of good clean eating within our school community is very exciting for students and the Hub, micro greens are easily grown with minimal space requirement making them perfect for any household” said Annika Patrick Director Noosa EEHub.
For more information about the project or to register your school to participate please visit www.noosaeehub.com.au
FROM GARDEN TO PLATE
ARTICLE FROM NOOSA TODAY, MAY 22 2019
With the help of Slow Food Noosa, Sunshine Beach State School is taking classes outside for their new ‘Garden to Plate’ program.
The school has a thriving permaculture garden which has developed over many years with the help of volunteer parents and community members.
Recently, the school received a $3000 grant from Slow Food Noosa to install an outdoor kitchen and add more garden beds to the already successful permaculture garden.
They are now able to implement a new ‘Garden to Plate’ program this year with a focus on discovering the cycle of seed to harvest and understanding the process involved in getting the produce to plates.
The local branch of a global grassroots organisation, Slow Foods Noosa, believes that everyone has the fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and recognises the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture.
World-renowned chef Matt Golinski plays a large part in the Slow Foods movement in Noosa. At a recent Slow Foods morning tea held at Tait House community garden, Matt spoke of his love for the garden and the real importance of fresh produce in meal preparation.
Teacher Bec Kennett said that with the grant money, the school purchased a large outdoor stainless-steel kitchen bench, from which they prepare harvested produce.
“This allows our students to prepare food straight from the garden hence the program name ‘Garden to Plate’,” she said.
“We look forward to a fruitful harvest later in the year full of celebration in partnership with all involved.”
The permaculture, outdoor kitchen and outdoor learning hub is becoming a popular alternative to lessons in the classrooms, with teachers rotating their classes throughout the days.
THE SCHOOLS GARDEN PROJECT has been an ongoing major project to engage and support primary school children through the sponsorship to help selected schools build School Gardens donating more than $40,000 to six Sunshine Coast schools over six years. A further $10,000 has been donated to the program in 2019. We thank all of our supporters and those who have contributed to and attended our events for helping us to achieve this.
Current International Projects
- Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats… Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.
- 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa project
Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair food gardens in African schools and villages means guaranteeing communities have a supply of fresh, healthy food, but also training a network of leaders aware of the value of their land and their culture who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future. For more information visit 10,000 Food Gardens in Africa