Slow Food Charleston is proud to support a number of projects within our community and internationally to promote good, clean, fair food for all.

Micro Grants

SnailBlazer Micro-Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. A grant will be awarded annually at the Slow Food Charleston Snail Awards, there will also be one grant in the form of a scholarship to a participant in Lowcountry Local First’s Growing New Farmers program.

Other Micro-grants, all with a maximum amount of $1000, will be reviewed and granted regularly, funding permitted.

2016 SnailBlazer: Germaine Jenkins, Fresh Future Farm
2017 SnailBlazer: Jim Martin, Compost in my Shoe



Slow Food Charleston is a proud promoter of the Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates.

The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage. We aim to host dinners, events and educational workshops to engage the public in learning more about these foods.

To view the Ark of Taste list, visit Slow Food USA. Each summer we host a dinner to highlight these special foods featuring some of Charleston’s best chefs.


Slow Food Charleston is creating a direct playful connection to the local food community for the next generation of consumers. Cultivating relationships with growers and makers is imperative to preserving and improving the Charleston foodshed and greater community.

By making our food culture a joyful part of children’s lives we are actively investing in Slow Food’s future. If you would like to know more, learn about future gatherings, or get involved, please email Carrie Larson at

10,000 Gardens in Africa

Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair food gardens in African schools and villages means guaranteeing communities have a supply of fresh, healthy food, but also training a network of leaders aware of the value of their land and their culture who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future.

Slow Food Charleston is a proud sponsor of a garden in Africa. To learn more about this project, please visit Slow Food International.

Slow Food Charleston is proudly a member of Lowcountry Local First and Southern Foodways Alliance.



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