Founded in 2009, Slow Food Down East is a chapter of Slow Food USA serving Eastern, NC. Our mission is to reconnect people today with the rich food heritage of former generations in a way that is healthy and beneficial to both ourselves and the environment we are a part of. We offer educational events and activities to promote sustainability and biodiversity and connect farmers, cooks, educators, students, and everyone else who cares about the food and the environment. Slow Food supports food that is "good, clean, and fair." We work with Cooperative Extension, farmers markets, restaurants and other establishments that use fresh, locally grown foods, and farmers who support sustainable agriculture.
One of our most recent positive outgrowths is the Crop Mob Down East. A Crop Mob is a group of hardworking, passionate volunteers who desire to reconnect with their neighbors, the community, the land, and the origin of their food. This group peacefully raids small, local, and sustainable farms to provide extra hands to complete projects or work on the farm.
Small farms that practice sustainability forego a lot of mechanization and the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. With this more intensive way of farming, community participation is often necessary.
However, Crop Mobbin' not only benefits small, local, and sustainable farmers, but builds stronger communities. It conjures the ideal of old timey barn raisings and when neighbors helped each other during planting and harvest seasons. As a Crop Mobber, you work along side others who share the same goals, creating lasting friendships. You glean knowledge from each other and you grow to appreciate the source of your food supply. The exchange of stories and jokes, the sharing of knowledge and laughs, and the empathetic sweat are just the tip of the iceberg. Your efforts build you up, encourage the success of small, local, and sustainable farmers, and they help foster the community!
You do not need to be a Slow Food member to join the Mob!
Please see our website for a list of Local Farmers, Markets, and Restaurants, as well as Local Events!
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