Monthly Archives: April 2008

Free Heritage Turkey Raising Manual

How to Raise Heritage Turkeys on Pasture – A new manual from ALBC

Interested in starting a heritage turkey project with your convivium? Our RAFT partner, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) has developed a manual for how to raise heritage turkeys. This 13 chapter manual can be downloaded for free from the ALBC website and includes everything from choosing a variety and obtaining poults, to promotion and tastings. ALBC will be conducting several multi-day Heritage turkey production clinics this year. To learn more about the clinics or to be place on the interest list, contact Jeanette Beranger at ALBC – 919-542-5704 or jberanger@albc-usa.org.

Since 2006, the Russian River convivium’s Heritage Turkey Project has been working with local 4-H and Future Farmers of America members to reintroduce Heritage turkeys to the market. There is now an official 4-H heritage breeds club in Sonoma County. Slow Food Russian River is happy to mentor other Slow Food convivia interested in starting similar projects. To learn more about SF Russian River’s turkey project and how to start something similar in your area, contact Randi Seidner at randi@sonic.net or Jim Reichardt at Scpducks@aol.com. For more information about the project, visit: http://www.slowfoodrr.org/localprojects.html#HTP

Slow Food’s Annual Online Auction Coming Up!

Once again, Slow Food USA will be holding an Online Auction in June to fundraise for SFUSA and for convivia across the country. Convivia that secure donations to the Online Auction will receive 80% of the proceeds from those items to directly benefit their local convivia. In the past two years, convivia have generated more than $15,000 for local projects through the online auction.

The Online Auction is taking place June 16-26, and we are starting to solicit items now! Please start thinking of any auction items you’d like to solicit! Past items have included: behind-the-scenes kitchen tours at renowned American restaurants, vacations, dinners, cookbooks, gift baskets of gourmet brownies to artisanal cheeses, and an autographed ukulele from musician Jack Johnson.

Any auction donation, small or large, will help Slow Food do its work nationally and right here on the Seacoast. It’s a great opportunity to spread the word about local products, food or not food! Stay tuned for details…

Fridays at the Farm!

“Fridays at the Farm” has been accepted as a finalist for the Slow Food on Film Festival showing in Bologna Italy next month!

Richard Hoffmann’s film “Fridays at the Farm” is a personal essay exploring his experience joining a community-supported farm dedicated to growing organic vegetables. Compiled from nearly 20,000 photos, the time-lapse photography and lush macro images are hypnotic and stunning. “Fridays at the Farm” has been on the film festival circuit for the past year, and won two prestigious awards — “Best Short” in the Green Film Festival and “Best Documentary” in the Sapporo Shortsfest in Japan. It is a beautiful, moving, and unique film, and I think it has a lot to offer audiences of many backgrounds.

Please let me know if you may have an interest in this film. One of the great strengths of “Fridays” is that it’s a great non-confrontational educational tool that is deeply appreciated by those already involved in organic food and community farming. Check out our website for a trailer and more information about our film company, and for details about “Fridays at the Farm”.