Slow Food Nation will inspire and empower Americans to build a food system that is good, clean and fair. The inaugural edition of the event takes place in San Francisco this Labor Day weekend, August 29 to September 1, 2008. Over 60,000 people will come together to tend a victory garden, shop at a sustainable marketplace, share delicious dinners, and enjoy tastings, workshops, forums, films, talks, a music festival and more. The event will be an inclusive platform where those working in the fields of social justice, environmentalism, education, and food access will engage participants, create momentum and show what “Slow Food” means in action and on the plate.

The Youth Program at Slow Food Nation is an opportunity for university-level students and young farmers, producers, cooks and activists to learn from mentors and peers, exchange ideas and build networks. It will feature:

– Panels and forums to galvanize and address issues in the youth food movement;
– Workshops and networking sessions for younger and older participants to connect in the spirit of mentorship/apprenticeship;
– A volunteer program to integrate young people into the event, e.g. cooking meals for participants to share or leading elementary school groups on tours of the Victory Garden
– Youth-specific dinners and social events

Most of Slow Food Nation will be free and open to the public. Plan to come. Tell your friends. If you work or are engaged in food and farming and would like to represent your organization, farm, business, or project as a Slow Food Nation Youth Delegate, please click here to fill out our online form.

Questions? Email Gordon Jenkins at or call him at 415-369-9950.