We are proud to announce that Central Ohio’s nine delegates will represent nearly 5% of the entire American delegation of 200 to Terra Madre and the International Congress. These are the farmers, artisans, and leaders who have been chosen to represent our region in Torino, Italy, in the fall:
MICHELLE AJAMIAN AND BRANDON JAEGER, founders of the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative, a multi-state network of farmers and processors who focus on the high nutrition grain, bean, nut and oil seed crops that can guarantee regional food security; owners and operators of Shagbark Seed and Mill, a working prototype of a regional scale grain, bean, and oil processing facility.
BEAR BRAUMOELLER, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Slow Food Columbus, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University; food activist, with special focus on food policy and food justice.
KEVIN CASKEY, owner/chef of Skillet Rustic Urban Food, a vanguard in the farm-to-table food movement. Chef Caskey’s unyielding focus on sourcing the highest-quality local foods, combined with his outstanding skill and resourcefulness as a chef, have brought Slow Food’s principles to a mass audience.
DAVID MACLENNAN, chef, MoJoe Lounge, formerly Latitude 41. Most notably as the chef of Latitude 41, MacLennan has taken an approach to food that focuses on sustainable, local, and seasonal food. He has proven to be a strong advocate of small, artisan producers and growers and features them on his menu as much as possible.
BRIAN SCHLATTER, sixth generation Paulding county agriculturalist, who oversees the cheesemaking operation at Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese. Brian works to bring out the terroir of the land through the different styles cheese that he makes.
JOSEPH SWAIN, organic urban farmer and community activist, founder of Swainway Urban Farm, designed both to grow food for himself and to promote backyard gardening and good food education. In three years, Swainway has grown to become one of the most intensive sub-acre production sites in the country, specializing in mushrooms and microgreens.
ANN TRUDEL, Co-Owner and Artisan Food Preserver from Ann’s Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops. The farm has been Certified Naturally Grown since 2004. She has won the 2011 and 2012 Good Food Awards for “Pickles” and “Preserves” as well as the Central Ohio Signature Food Award.
COLLEEN YUHN, Founder and Chapter Leader, Slow Food Columbus, and Operations Manager, The Greener Grocer. Manages and operates the most local, sustainable retail produce outlet in Columbus.