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Meet Slow Food San Francisco’s 2016 Terra Madre Delegate

01/24/17 | by admin | City, Farms, Programs, Slow Food SF Events, Terra Madre

Sandi McGinnis of McGinnes Ranch in Royal Oaks California represented San Francisco at 2016’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy Sept, 22-26, 2016. As delegate, Sandi brought back stories from the event to share at our Jan, 23rd Member Meeting, and produced a documentary. Check it out!
Hear about the experience of attending Terra Madre from Sandi, in her own words:
Growing up on the farm prepared me to have a strong work ethic and gave me a “can do” attitude, which served has me well in life.  I have come back to the farm in the hopes of keeping it running for future generations, and to transition to organic practices.  We are in our second year of farming organically, with positive outcomes indicating it is possible to return to organic farming.  In working toward this goal we have also experienced our share of setbacks and some crop failures, but I look at them as learning experiences.  I was given a major learning experience by Slow Food SF to attend Terra Madre as a delegate in 2016!
It was an unforgettable experience and it gives me hope and satisfaction to continue the farm, and keep the biodiversity of our crops going.  Without family farms we would be left with corporations growing our food, and harming our environment.  I feel a responsibility to steward the land and leave a positive impact on the ecosystems around me.  Slow Food brings awareness to the importance of biodiversity, which we need now more than ever.  I have put together a video to give a glimpse of my Terra Madre experience.
You can visit us at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market out front, on Tuesday and Saturday.
Sandi McGinnis
McGinnis Ranch