Send a Farmer to Italy
Okay… So back in the spring Beth and I each applied to be delegates to Slow Food’s biennial conference in Torino, Italy. Beth was selected as an alternate – I unfortunately didn’t make the cut at all.
Beth viewed her “alternate” status as a pretty firm “no,” as who would give up a trip to northern Italy? As the busyness of spring and summer on the farm and at the farmers market and at soccer practices and various points in between, we pretty much forgot about Terra Madre.
…. about a month ago, Beth received word that spaces for alternates had opened up, and we had to make a decision about whether or not she would take one and go.
For me it was a no-brainer, “You’re going!”
Beth went back and forth for about 24 hours weighing the pros and cons of going. With overwhelming support of family, friends, and farming colleagues the pros soon outweighed the cons – by a long shot.
Never the less, learning about an international trip with just 8 weeks notice adds some logistical and scheduling challenges -farm chores still need to get done, kids need to be fed, clothed, etc, and markets attended – as well as some financial decisions..,.
Although the Chicago Slow Food chapter is very generously providing much of the funding for the trip there will undoubtedly be additional costs. A rough estimate is that the trip will cost about $600 above the support from Slow Food Chicago. We’ve been saving for a family trip this fall and can reallocate those funds to Terra Madre and just delay our family trip until spring.
Another thought is to raise some of the money from our community of farm supporters, hence the Pay Pal donate button below. For everyone who donates and provides a mailing address, Beth will send a postcard from Torino. Beth will blog about her trip; and we are brainstorming ideas of how she can share her story with supporters when she returns. A “farm dinner” is one of the primary ideas at this point; of course we are open to suggestions!