Urban Roots Community Fund
Urban Roots Community Fund is a 501c3 fund that has been created in partnership with Tree Media Foundation's Urban Roots Action Campaign called Field of Dreams. A Field of Dreams Farm is an outdoor classroom where students learn the sustainable practices of planting, composting and water conservation to grow food with the highest organic nutritional value. Each school will experience the growth cycle of seed to harvest to table. Students will take the message home that growing your own food is a simple and vital process. Also, schools will have the opportunity to participate in their communities by growing food for their local community’s food banks and homeless shelters. The Urban Roots Community Fund is specifically created for Detroit area schools.
Slow Food Detroit
The Slow Food movement was founded in Italy in 1989 as an alternative to the fast food lifestyle. Now there are chapters all over the world. As a local Chapter, Slow Food Detroit is committed to creating dramatic and lasting change in our food system while protecting our planet.
Our commitment to families in the Detroit area stems from our belief in the right for all people to have access to fresh, sustainable and locally produced food and that the producers of our food should be treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor. Our mission focuses upon strengthening awareness of the connection between the food on our plates and the health of our planet. We are an all volunteer Board and a member driven organization. Our members are involved in activities such as:
- Raising public awareness, improving access and encouraging the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown
- Caring for the land and protecting biodiversity in Detroit and Metro Detroit communities today, as well as for future generations
- Creating educational outreach programs within the Detroit and Metro Detroit community educating school children about regional cooking and our rich cultural heritages
- Advocating for farmers and artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food
We celebrate our local food traditions and heritages through events such as rural and urban farm tours, wine tastings, brewery and wine dinners, farm to school programs, and nutrition education throughout schools in the Detroit area.
To learn more about Slow Food Detroit please visit our website at www.slowfooddetroit.org.