Youth Culinary Project

Introducing the Youth Culinary Project, one of many creative branches of the Slow Food Youth Network. The Slow Food Youth Network is a worldwide network of young people creating a better future through food. It unites young food enthusiasts, chefs, activists, students, and food producers who participate in public debate about current issues. It introduces young people to the world of gastronomy. Through these activities the SFYN raises awareness about important food issues such as hunger throughout the world and food waste. Positive action is stimulated as the participants learn about sustainable food production. In this way young people learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food.

The Youth Culinary Project of Jackson focuses on the youths’ celebration of food as the cornerstone of culture and community. Food is a medium that connects people across culture, age, and class boundaries. The first phase of the multifaceted YCP, lead by renowned chef Eric Wilson, will be a series of 4 culinary classes that delve into the world of epicurean delight, leading students along the gastronomic path from seed to table.

The series of classes will begin with a visit to one of our local farms, Cosmic Apple Gardens, where youth will harvest the bounty that they prepare that day. There they will learn about life cycles, seasonality, and the importance of sustainable agriculture.

As Alice Waters, the vice president of Slow Food International states, “When we understand the connection between the food on our table and the field where it grows, our everyday meals can anchor us to nature and the place where we live.”

We are so grateful for your participation and curiosity! Together we will increase our understanding of the important connection between health, local food culture, agriculture, and the environment.

If you are interested in being part of this program or sponsoring, please fill out the following form.

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