Posted by: slowfoodboone | June 30, 2009

Food Preservation Workshop in Boone

NC Cooperative Extension is offering a free food preservation workshop on Saturday, July 11, from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd. in Boone.


A canning demonstration will be presented from 1 until 2:30pm. Then, stations offering tips on making jams and jellies, drying and freezing will be open from 2:30 until 4pm. Educational material will be provided.


Register by calling NC Cooperative Extension at (828) 264-3061.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | May 26, 2009

June Event

Plant Swap, Herbal Tea with Music and Community Garden Fund Raiser

Saturday, June 6th, 2 – 4 p.m.

Need to thin your garden? Want more plant variety? Make plans to attend a plant swap on Saturday, June 6th at the home of Liz Rose. Liz has a fabulous garden, where she will pick herbs to prepare hot and cold tea for us. She also has recently added an acoustically perfect music room to her home, where we will hear live music.

Bring as many plants as you would like to exchange, or more. Please label them. Matt Cooper will speak about 2 new projects at the community garden. If you are able, a $20.00 donation is requested to benefit the community garden.

Please RSVP to Liz Rose at so she will know how many cups to have. If you are able, please bring a snack to go along with the tea. As always, locally grown or produced is always best!

Directions to Liz Rose’s house: Get on 321 South heading from Boone to Blowing Rock. Pass Tweetsie and BP station on your right. Begin to look for Aho Road on your left. Take a left onto Aho Road. Go one mile. See 3 mailboxes on your right. One of them has 1222 on it. Take a right after those mailboxes into our drive. Immediately stay to your left. Go down one-lane drive through a pasture, over a low-water bridge. Curve right – see our house – green with red trim. Call if you get lost, 295 9715.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | March 25, 2009

An Evening with Joel Salatin

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian
State University is pleased to announce an upcoming event

An Evening with Joel Salatin

Ballet in the Pasture

March 26, 2009

7 pm

ASU Farthing Auditorium in Boone

Ballet in the Pasture is a theatrical performance mixing humor and
bomb-shell food system analysis.  Joel Salatin passionately defends
small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the
conventional food paradigm.  First rate pictures provide the audience
with a virtual tour of the legendary Polyface Farm.

Joel Salatin is a third generation alternative farmer in Virginia’s
Shenandoah Valley.  His family’s farm achieved iconic status after
being featured in the New York Times bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by food guru Michael Pollan.

“An Evening with Joel Salatin” is a FREE event.  Advance registration
is not required.

For more information please visit ASU Sustainable Development Events or
call 828-262-7248.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | February 22, 2009

March Event

Slow Food March 2009 Event

Please join us for a potluck dinner and a movie on Monday, March 9th, 6pm, at Black Cat Burrito.

Foothills Brewing of Winston-Salem has donated a keg for us to sample as we enjoy our food and watch a food-related movie.

This event is open to everyone! We hope to see you there!

Posted by: slowfoodboone | February 22, 2009

Upcoming food-related events in Boone

Even in the winter, Boone has a lot going on! Check out the “Community Events” section of this blog for food-related events in the next several months.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | February 14, 2009

2009 Planning Meeting

Planning meeting!

Friday, February 20th

10 a.m.

Agricultural Conference Center in Boone

To start the year off, we’re planning a planning meeting. If you are able, please join us on Friday, February 20th, at 10 a.m. in the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone for a brainstorming/planning session for 2009 events. If you are unable to attend this session please e-mail any ideas that you have for 2009 to Margie Mansure, Member suggestions are how we function and your input is essential.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | December 7, 2008

Volunteers needed for Farm-to-School

Solicitation of interest and volunteers for a Farm-to-School project in Watauga County

A childhood obesity prevention grant is providing funds to raise awareness and create enthusiasm for having locally grown food in our schools in the future.

Some goals of this project include: Serving new or differently prepared fruits and vegetables to children; introducing them to growers and the local farms where the food is are grown; and teaching them to prepare produce.

The project will promote a vegetable of the month and this month, December, is all about kale. Posters of kale will be placed around the school, emphasizing what kale does for the body and who grew it, with a picture of the grower. At two different schools during lunch time, there will be a chef preparing the kale for sampling. Volunteers will dress up in fruit and vegetable costumes to serve the samples to the children.

Volunteers, especially chefs, are still needed to help with this. Possible dates are December 9th and 11th or 16th and 18th. If you or anyone you know are interested in helping with this project in December or would like to serve on the steering committee, please e-mail Margie at

Click here for information from Slow Food about school food projects.

The next steering committee meeting is  Tuesday, January 6th at 9am,
Agricultural Conference Center.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | September 1, 2008

September Event!

Join Slow Food Boone, High Country for an afternoon of Appalachian culture on Sunday, September 28th. We’ll meet at 1:30 at the Agricultural Conference Center behind the Watauga County Extension offices before heading deep into Ashe County, out to Big Horse Creek road, past Lansing and almost to Virginia, to visit with Ron and Suzanne Joyner of Big Horse Creek Farm. They have around 150 varieties of apples, many of them heritage, and a good selection of fall apples available for everyone to enjoy. They’ll also be selling trees. Ron said we may take all the time we want to walk around, pick apples, check out their alternative power system, chase chickens, etc. “We have long supported the Slow Food movement and will be very pleased to show you and the other visitors what we’re doing on our small Ashe County farm.”

Then, we’ll head to Rose Mountain Farm for our pig pickin’. Ann Rose, who is now growing a pig for this event, will host us. She’ll also have apples available and may demonstrate apple cider making. Ann runs a beautiful and serene 29-acre farm without using fossil fuel, except to travel to the Ashe County Farmers’ Market. She sets an aspiring standard for us all. “All of my food is raised or grown within 50 miles of where I live, with the exception of coffee, sugar, and flour.”  The cost of the pig is $7.00 per person, payable to Slow Food Boone High Country at the event. We are asking each family to bring a side dish, preferably a salad, bread, dessert, or something that doesn’t need to be heated, in a cooler. Also bring a container to take leftover pig home. Cold herbal tea will be provided. Ann said that it’s ok if members want to bring beer or wine, as long as they bring some for her.

Please RSVP to Four-wheel drive vehicles are ideal for both farms. Due to parking issues, we’re limiting participants to 30. Let us know if you have a four-wheel drive and how many extra passengers you can accommodate. We’ll send directions to the Joyner’s farm to those who are not meeting at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone.

Posted by: slowfoodboone | June 12, 2008

Summer Events!

We will be visiting the Harvest Table restaurant as a group on June 21st. The restaurant, located in Meadowview, Virginia (about an hour from Boone), specializes in serving locally-grown food. There’s only room for 20 so if you like to join us, you’ll need to RSVP to Amy at She will send details to all who RSVP.

Also, Slow Food High Country will be participating in the High Country Farm Tour this year, Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd. In order for the event to run smoothly, each farm on the tour will need a volunteer or two to make sure that the participants fully enjoy their experience. The volunteers will take care of logistics at each location, like selling buttons to the participants, helping them choose the next stop on their tour, and finding the bathroom. That way the farm hosts are free to give an extra-special tour. The volunteers are an essential part of the High Country Farm Tour which, each year, provides an educational and exciting experience for the community.

Volunteers will work one day of the Tour and receive a free pass to enjoy the other day as a Tour participant. For more information and and to sign up to volunteer, please email Susan at

Posted by: slowfoodboone | May 9, 2008

Local Food Connection Newsletter

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is writing and distributing a newsletter full of information on High Country agriculture and food. This is a great way to keep up-to-date on all the food-related resources and events in our community.

Check out the May 2008 issue here: Local Food Connection, May 2008

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