The Slow Food Garden

You’ll find them at schools in Italy, the United States, and all over the world. They’re in cities and rural areas of Africa. They are therapeutic, urban, social, convivial, educational, collective. They enhance the quality of life in prisons, hospitals, and many other places. They represent a commitment to joy, kindness, and the future for the whole planet. What are they? Slow Food gardens!

There is perhaps no better place to learn directly from nature than a vegetable garden. It has been just over 20 years since the first Slow Food gardens were cultivated. Come to this conference to hear how the project has evolved and where it’s headed, and to discover how tending a vegetable garden is the simplest, most poetic and concrete way to understand the meaning of the word “biodiversity,” to build a proper relationship with the foods that nourish us and with all living things, and to appreciate the fundamental importance of preserving basic common resources.

At Terra Madre 2024, we celebrate the birthday of this important project with a Slow Food Garden in one of the core event spaces. This area will host numerous events and activities as part of the official program, from itineraries for schools and families to explore the space, to conferences that will highlight experiences from gardens all over the world.

Please note:

The Slow Food Garden is open to everyone, and we encourage you to explore it with the help of one of our guides, who can provide you with information and satisfy your curiosities. Families may access the garden at any time on every day of the event.

What will you find in the Slow Food Garden?

In this space, we’ll show you how we grow gardens in harmony with natural resources, using water, soil, and air wisely and kindly to avoid overexploiting them. We use water frugally, protect and regenerate the soil, and work together with beneficial insects and other allies who are indispensable for a healthy relationship with the Earth.

There is no other way: Gardens must live in harmony with nature, and they can help us to live harmoniously with ourselves.

Just like the gardens at many schools, the Slow Food Garden is organized into specific sections where you can engage your senses—smell aromatic plants, touch fertile soil, gauge the ripeness of fruits from their colors—as you make stops along a sensory journey. Each section is dedicated to a different aspect of agroecology to provide an understanding of what a Slow Food garden is and allow visitors to learn about key topics and practices, including composting, closed systems, biodiversity, green manure, pollinator-friendly flowers, water management, and seedlings, not to mention all the pieces of equipment that agroecological growers use, from scarecrows to insect boxes and much more!

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Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is organized by Slow Food, the City of Turin and the Piedmont Region. Join us in Parco Dora, Turin, from Thursday, September 26 to Monday, September 30, 2024, and explore how food can restore our relationship with nature. #TerraMadre2024

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