HELP SEND JIM EMBRY TO 2014 TERRA MADRE!!!
Dear family and friends,
Jim Embry Selected as a U.S. Delegate
As you see from the Slow Food
support letter below, I have been selected to represent the USA as a delegate
to Slow Food’s Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto held in Torino, Italy, Oct. 23-27.
The USA is divided into 20 geographic regions and I am one of five delegates
chosen to represent Kentucky. In total, more than 500 people applied to be part
of the US delegation, but only 240 were chosen nationwide. So I am absolutely
thrilled and honored to be part of this delegation.
What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is an international movement that involves millions of people dedicated to and
passionate about good, clean and fair food. This includes chefs, youth, activists,
farmers, fishers, educators, musicians and business people in over 150
countries; a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members linked to 1,500 local
chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the
events and campaigns they organize; and 2,000 Terra Madre food communities who
practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the
In Kentucky our own Kentucky
Proud state-wide program, farmers markets,
farm to school programs, community and school gardening efforts, food justice
and fair trade initiatives, sustainable farming methods, and eating
delicious food(!) are all examples of what we mean by good...clean...and
fair. These efforts in Kentucky are very
much in alignment with the global Slow Food movement that began in Italy and has
been led since 1986 by Founder
and President, Carlo Petrini.
Terra Madre with my community
As a USA delegate I will share
information in a variety of ways on the Slow Food movement and the Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto experience with as many people in Kentucky and the USA as
possible…before I go and after I return. While in Italy, we will be given many
opportunities for cross-cultural learning, to share food movement success
stories and lessons learned, to build relationships and bring new ideas back to
the challenges still to be met here at home.
Please Consider a Financial
Consider supporting my trip to Italy
with a financial contribution which can be sent by check to: Sustainable
Communities Network, PO Box 4422, Lexington KY 40544 or you can donate on our
website (sustainlex.org) at: Donate today. As
a delegate, Slow Food will cover the cost of my conference admissions, lodging
and meals while in Torino for Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto Oct 23-27. My
estimated travel costs including air travel and extended stay to visit schools
and small farms will be about $2500. Any
amount of financial contribution from you to cover travel expenses would be
very much appreciated!
Other Ways to Provide Support
I know that some of you might want
to help financially but cannot do so at this time, and I appreciate that! But
consider these other ways to support my efforts to bring the Terra Madre experience
back home to Kentucky and the USA. After the Terra Madre gathering, I will be
visiting local farms, schools and businesses near Torino to maximize my
learning experience which I will share when I return home. My goal is to engage
in at least 25 community outreach activities designed to share my Terra Madre
experience with others, fulfill my responsibility as a delegate and continue to
build on the joy
and justice of good,
clean and fair food in my local
community. Here is how you can help:
engagements: Please invite me to speak at
schools, universities, faith congregations, community groups, restaurants,
civic clubs, or conferences. I already have speaking engagements lined up at
Somerset Community College and the University of Kentucky.
Party: Organize a house party or
fundraising dinner before I go(10/21) to Italy, or after I return (11/2). I
would show pictures of my trip, talk about Terra Madre and the local food
Photo Exhibits: Help me organize exhibits of my Terra Madre photos at galleries, libraries
or schools in your community.
Please feel free to share my campaign through your social media connections or
send out the media release given below to local media.
come up with other ways that you can contribute to this experience of bringing
Terra Madre-Salone del Gusto and the international sustainable food movement
home to Kentucky and the USA!
You can glean information about the
work of the USA Delegation and
learn more about this amazing group of people that represent the very best of
what our country’s food systems have to offer. The four other Kentucky delegates are: Heather McKeever,
Richard Bell, Matt Jamie and Valerie Magnuson. Give all of them your
My Previous Efforts to Bring Terra Madre Home
Here are some examples of creative
support I have received from friends regarding my previous trip to Terra Madre:
In addition to Terra Madre/Salone
del Gusto check out the other grand projects of Slow Food such as:
For more information about Terra
Madre and Slow Food look at these books:
Slow Food Companion Guide;
Slow Food Almanac 2013; The-Slow-Food-Story by Goeff Andrews; Terra Madre by Carlo Petrini & Alice Waters.
Two years ago I moved back to
Richmond where I was born and I now live on a family farm next to my 90 year
old cousin. I have planted a fruit orchard, planted a huge field of wild
flowers, native plants and sunflowers to feed the birds and pollinators. This
year my creative
energy has been directed into designing and writing my first book, A Photographic Journey to Terra Madre, which
will be published in October.
Thanks for taking time to read this message
and for all the things you do to make our beautiful state of Kentucky
and the USA a place where the common health of our
people, environment and economy leads to a beloved commonwealth!
Much love and hugs to all,
Consider a Financial
supporting my trip to Italy
with a financial contribution which can be sent by check to:
Communities Network, PO Box 4422, Lexington KY 40544 or you can donate
on line below. As
a delegate, Slow Food will cover the cost of my
conference admissions, lodging and meals while in Torino for Terra
del Gusto Oct 23-27. My estimated travel costs including air
extended stay to visit schools and small farms will be about $2500. Any amount of
financial contribution from
you will be very much appreciated!
Make a one time
contribution by clicking on (donate):
Thanks for your donation!