Slow Times Fall 2007

October 10, 2007

Slow Food Piedmont Triad News
Fall 2007


Informal Book Discussion Group

Slow Food members Stephanie Reck and Laura Frazier are reading the new book by Nina Planck, Real Food: What to Eat and Why. A book discussion over coffee is being organized for late October. Stay tuned! An email announcement will be made about the meeting place and date.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tuesday Gardening Series: “Slow Food – Break the Fast!”
Reynolda Gardens Greenhouse, Wake Forest University
100 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Free admission

Jim Toole will speak about Slow Food at the education wing of the greenhouse at Reynolda Gardens, a preserve of woodlands, fields, wetlands and formal gardens originally part of the Reynolda estate. Learn more about how you can make a difference – one delicious mouthful at a time! For directions and more information about Reynolda Gardens, please visit

Bettini Farm produceSlow Food snail logo

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Workday and Potluck at Bettini Farm
2830 Lees Chapel Road, Greensboro
Begins at 10 am, lunch begins around 12:30
Please RSVP to Laurie at by Oct. 24.

Come out to the Bettini Farm on the skirts of Greensboro and participate in planting a sustainable muscadine grape vineyard. Help is needed in constructing the trellises (holes will be pre-dug!) and planting the vines that the Bettinis are now rooting from heirloom stock found on their family farm. Information will be provided on the process, and Deb and Randy will be happy to show you around the other parts of their farm. The persimmons may be ripe!

Not able or willing to get your hands in the dirt? Bring food to the potluck lunch, kick back, watch the trains, and socialize with other Slow Food Piedmont Triad members at the farmstand!

Please bring work gloves, a shovel or rake if you plan to participate in the work, and a lawn chair and a dish of slow food and a beverage for the potluck. The Bettinis will provide cutlery, plates, cups, ice and tea.


10:00a: Meet at Bettini Farm, 2830 Lee’s Chapel Road. Park in the driveway, additional parking is at the roadside produce stand.

10:15a: Welcome and intro to Bettini Farm – We will go over logistics, and what we are going to be doing.

10:30a: Overview of the softwood cuttings and layering method of rooting Muscadine plants. A handout of the rooting steps to prepare for next Spring’s planting will provided.

11:00a: Walk over to the vineyard site, discuss row placement, soil preparation, then break into teams and begin installation of posts and trellis system into the pre-dug holes.

12:30p – until: Lunch will be served at the produce stand, which will give us an opportunity for questions and answers, or just be railfans and watch the trains go by.

Goat at Goat Lady DairySlow Food snail logo

Sunday, October 28, 2007
Fall Open House at Goat Lady Dairy
3515 Jess Hackett Rd., Climax NC
1 to 5 pm
Free Admission – no pets please!

  • goats, chickens, pigs, cows
  • organic gardens, dairy barn, cheese-room
  • award winning cheese
  • local potter & woodcarver
  • art exhibit
  • local, pasture raised chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat & ostrich for sale

Come out for a family afternoon on the farm. Get up close and personal with our goats, chickens, pigs and cows. Tour the organic gardens, dairy barn and cheese-room. Learn about sustainable agriculture. Taste our handmade, award winning cheeses (and buy some to take home!) Make a pot with local potter, Odell Routh. Watch our local woodcarver, Chris Corbett. Enjoy a special art exhibit of farm and animal paintings by the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society. SPECIAL EVENT: Our local chapter of SLOW FOOD is sponsoring several local farmers who will bring their clean and humanely raised meats for sale. They will be on hand to tell how they produce local chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat and ostrich. We will have samples for you to taste the flavor difference in local, clean raised meats. We look forward to your visit! For directions visit

See you on Oct. 28th – RAIN (we hope!) OR SHINE.

Friday, November 2, 2007
RAFT Picnic – Saving Authentic American Foods
The Inn at Celebrity Dairy
144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City, NC
Space limited. $50 per person. Advance tickets required.

This event is the fourth of the five national RAFT picnics sponsored this year by The Renewing America’s Food Traditions Project. RAFT is a coalition of seven of the most prominent non-profit food, agriculture, conservation, and educational organizations dedicated to rescuing America’s diverse foods and food traditions. These organizations include: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, Chefs Collaborative, Cultural Conservancy, Native Seed/SEARCH, Seed Savers Exchange, and Slow Food USA. The coalition was formalized between January and March of 2004 to support a synergy between these partners and local, tribal, or regional groups of producers in their on-going work of safeguarding and revitalizing authentically American foods.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) will host its 30-year Anniversary Conference Reception on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at The Inn at Celebrity Dairy. This year ALBC will also be celebrating their role as a partner in Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) by featuring rare breed meat, fruits, and vegetables from ALBC’s Conservation Priority List and the RAFT “Red List.” This will be a rare opportunity to sample endangered foods unique to the North American continent while celebrating ALBC’s 30 years of conservation of livestock and poultry breeds.

Come feast on an aromatic Armenian stew prepared with Tennessee Fainting goat, topped with organic tomatoes and nestled in a bed of Carolina Gold Rice. Sample Buckeye and Java chicken prepared in a lovely cream sauce that compliments their hearty and satisfying flavor. Enjoy warm apple crisp made from Stayman apples topped off with Celebrity Dairy’s own famous goat milk ice-cream—and much, much, more!

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is dedicated to conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. ALBC monitors breed populations of eleven traditional agricultural species in the US, identifies endangered breeds, documents breed performance, and promotes their use. The preeminent source for information on genetic conservation of livestock and poultry in the US, ALBC has long recognized that sustainable agriculture is the ideal habitat for many of breeds that are regionally adapted and selected for self-sufficiency.

As with any great feast, space is limited. All tickets are advanced sale. Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased through the ALBC website at, or by phone at (919) 542-5704.

More information about the conference can be found at

More information about RAFT can be found at Slow Food USA.

Directions and more information about Celebrity Dairy can be found at

Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 2007
22nd Annual CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Durham, NC

Registration and more details at Keynote speakers: Friday night, Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm. Saturday night: Michael Ableman. Workshops, farm tours, meals, and socializing.