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Slow Food Yamhill County looking for members, visionaries


Food — McMinnville-based organization is mounting a membership push right now

Are you passionate about food? Interested in food issues? Want to share your knowledge and experience and help the community reconnect with its food? Then Slow Food Yamhill County is looking for you.

The organization, which organizer Beth Satterwhite says is mounting a membership push right now, is part of an international movement designed to help people reconnect with their food. The movement has its roots in Italy, where food traditions run deep and are honored daily.

The local Slow Food chapter was founded in 2008 by a group of individuals who wanted to help their communities reconnect to the sources and pleasures of food.

“We believe in learning through experience, hosting community events to encourage knowledge sharing, conviviality and connections made through food,” Satterwhite said. “In the past we have put on events including a 100 Mile Diet Challenge, gardening classes, cider pressings, potlucks and film screenings.”

“Those interested in joining a community of individuals who are passionate about food, expanding your knowledge, creating new relationships and sharing with your community, we hope you will consider joining Slow Food Yamhill County,” she added.

The organization is seeking individuals interested in taking an active role in its leadership team, which works to create and execute community events. Commitment is minimal and flexible, Satterwhite said, adding “We meet monthly for one hour as a team to dream up ideas and create master plans.”

Events are based on leadership team interest, connections and expertise. The organization is also looking for someone with social media experience to help with managing its online presence.

Slow Food Yamhill County’s next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 7 in Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library.