But I had no idea just *how exciting* it is to be here and participate in the very real arts, local food, and social justice renaissance that's going on in South Carolina.
I wake up every day stoked.
And then I make a cup of locally roasted fair trade coffee and get all up in it!
Co-creating and co-producing the recent new non-profit tomato festival here in Cola, SC was such a blast.
Man, it was a lot of work, but I truly loved working with my fellow co-planners: Ryan Nevius, head of Sustainable Midlands; Kristen DuBard, head of Slow Food Columbia, and Eric McClam, City Roots farm manager.
Talk about some excellent people: brilliant, driven, passionate and highly effective organizers/implementers/leaders who are also laid back, fun-loving, and light-hearted. Rad!
More on all that below, reposted from http://www.tastytomatofest.org/:
|image: Jonathan Sharpe|
It was a fantastic gathering and we can't wait for the next one, scheduled for high summer 2011!
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|design: Thomas Jennings, The Half and Half|
Local nonprofits Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands worked with the amazing urban farm venue, City Roots, to create a new annual festival that achieves the following:
*Showcase the taste of sustainably grown local tomatoes
*Explore the many varieties of tomatoes being grown in SC
*Honor the chefs, community leaders and farmers who prioritize an all-local, green approach to foodways
*Assemble our wonderful food community in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere
*Eat, drink and be merry on the farm!
|image: T. Broom|
|Image: Jonathan Sharpe|
Check out this chocolate striper -- part of the 30-40lb