This is just a quick note to let you know that the August 3 deadline for the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste program is approaching. Slow Food's Ark of Taste program has been growing in the U.S., but we'd like to see more representation in the midwest in particular. The Ark of Taste is, essentially, an endangered species program for food; Ark products are raised sustainably, delicious, at risk, culturally or historically linked to a specific region, and produced in limited quantities.
Ark products are listed on the Slow Food USA website and on LocalHarvest, where producers are listed as well; in addition, Ark producers are eligible for grants like the Betsy Lydon award. We'd like to be able to make more of our local producers eligible for such benefits. The one-page application is available at the Ark website. We would appreciate it if you would consider helping us to raise awareness of this program by forwarding this message to producers of foods you think would be eligible for Ark status or, if you are a producer, sending in an application yourself. We're happy to fill out part of it or offer our thoughts, but our thinking is that producers know more of the details that would make an application likely to be accepted.
Thanks for your time and consideration!
Slow Food Columbus