Our Food Communities

The Food Communities below are self organised groupings of people, organisations or producers who are committed to living, sharing or promoting the common aims and activities of the Slow Food movement.

To join one of these communities, please apply to their contact person as listed below.

To view all Food Communities in a region, click on the map below.

To start a Food Community, complete the online registration form.

The Food Communities below are self organised groupings of people, organisations or producers who are committed to living, sharing or promoting the common aims and activities of the Slow Food movement.

To join one of these communities, please apply to their contact person as listed below.

To view all Food Communities in a region, click on the map below.

To start a Food Community, complete the online registration form.

Showing 9–16 of 20 results
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KZN region (Imifino)
KwaZulu-Natal
The Imifino KZN Food Community represents the area from Pietermaritzburg/Midlands to Durban and the activities associated with this region.
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Mother City region
Western Cape / Cape Town
The Mother City region, was previously the Mother City convivium. This operated for a number of years in a first incarnation, with a focus of drawing attention to the excellent diversity of small scale local producers around Cape Town. It disbanded in mid 2016, feeling its mission had been accomplished.Late in 2016, a handful of Slow Food activists, including several from the Slow Food Youth Network Cape Town, reinstated the convivium and have been reshaping its aims and activities, and strengthening its networks. Since its reinstatement, Mother City has hosted: -Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food International, at a meeting in Khayelitsha -Involved in the planting of several gardens -Hosted a number of Eat-In and other events -The annual Slow Food South Africa National Meeting held in Cape Town in March 2017We comprise a diverse group of people of mixed ages and interests, many of whom are getting to know the organisation. Everyone is welcome! The Mother City convivium and Slow Food Youth Network remain closely connected. They often share events and run joint meetings that reflect common interests - viz. challenging the local food value chain; local small scale vegetable farming; promoting seed sovereignty; reviving the use and growing of indigenous foods; supporting small scale fishers; and growing a community of chefs.
Loubie Rusch
0823147200
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Mother City Seed
Western Cape / Cape Town
Mother City Seed food community holds events where seed swaps take place. Members of this community, are largely small scale urban farmers and food activists.
Paul Barker
071 169 0963
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Namaqualand Herders
Northern Cape / Northern Cape
The Nama are a population of herders from the Namaqualand region, which extends across parts of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. One of the main subgroups of the Khoikhoi ethnicity, the Nama share many cultural, linguistic and somatic traits with the San (Bushmen). For this reason, they are considered part of the extended Khoisan ethnic group.For thousands of years, the Khoisan led a nomadic, pastoral life in South Africa and Namibia: raising herds of goats and sheep, collecting firewood and harvesting wild honey. Since the 1920s, when diamond deposits were discovered, the area has been gradually colonized by Europeans who renamed the Nama “Hottentots” and imposed an apartheid regime that forced them to settle in villages and abandon their nomadic habits. The Nama are light skinned and tend to be slender and short in stature. They generally practice a policy of shared land ownership and music, poetry and storytelling are all fundamental to their culture. They are also known for their artisan skills, particularly leatherwork, rugs, musical instruments, jewelry and clay cups.
Isak Bernardus Groenewald
074 310 0728
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Organic Producers of Klein Karoo
Western Cape / Oudtshoorn
Karoo, subdivided into Great and Small Karoo, is a region of the South African hinterland. The Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (Kkoi) gathers around sixty farmers (but their number is growing steadily) and encourages the conversion of breeding activities into farming, as goats and ostriches are the main cause of desertification in that area. The key goal is transforming the whole area in a wide sustainable organic farmland. Karoo is considered a model of biodiversity, with a great variety of native species. The community grows and produces above all olives and by-products (oil and paste), three varieties of hot chilli pepper (jalapeno, inchanga cayenne, habanero), organic fruit and vegetables. In addition, it raises dorper sheeps, always using organic methods.
Elizabeth Susanna Eglington
0217151953
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Producers of Raw Milk Cheese
Western Cape / Cape Town
The Western Cape Artisan Cheesemakers Association was created in 2004 to gather and support small South African cheese makers producing raw milk cheese with the milk of the raised cattle. The main goals of this association are three: making top quality raw milk cheese with traditional methods, creating a good source of income for the families living in disadvantaged rural areas, and encouraging the consumption of raw milk cheese by the South African population by introducing the concepts of sustainability and biodiversity. The situation for these young cheesemakers is very hard. They try to survive in conditions where there is a constant lack of funds and with no support by the state, facing the continuous competition of big industries which have advanced technology and make low cost products.
Kobus Mulder
021 975 4440
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Rooibos Producers from Wupperthal
Western Cape / Wupperthal
Founded by missionaries in 1830, the community consists of one thousand small farmers living in the isolated mountain villages around Wupperthal and making rooibos tea from the leaves and sprouts of Aspalathus linearis, a typical native plant of the sandstone mountains in Western South Africa, by using traditional and organic methods. All the lands within the borders of the old mission today belong to the Moravian Church of South Africa.Most of rooibos is grown in the lands that the Church rents to the farmers for a symbolic price, while the remaining crop comes from wild rooibos. The tea has the organic and fair trace certification granted by Flo (Fairtrade Labelling Organization) and has been sold both in South Africa and Europe since 1998.
Barend Mateus Salomo
072 7492 3417
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Slow Food Youth Network South Africa
Western Cape / Cape Town, Johannesburg
The Slow Food Youth Network South Africa, part of a global SFYN network of young people for change in the food system towards good, clean and fair food.
Zayaan Kahn
0721772778
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