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Terra Madre 2018

Up to four scholarships – worth up to $2,500 each – are on offer from Slow Food Hunter Valley. The scholarships were launched on the 26th March by chef and restaurateur, Tim Montgomery, the 2016 scholarship winner, Tom Christie, and Slow Food Hunter Valley Leader, Amorelle Dempster.

This year, three scholarships will be offered with funds covering travel and conference expenses for the 2018 Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy. This international conference brings together 7,000 farmers, chefs and food advocates from 143 countries every two years, features more than 900 food exhibitors, and attracts over 1 million visitors.

This year there are three scholarships on offer and one placement for a local press delegate. An application form can be downloaded form this page. Please read the form carefully as it contains relevant details including the criteria for applying in each category, what is being offered, and travel dates/requirements.

 Young Hunter Valley Farmer scholarship

This category is open to all Hunter Valley farmers between 18-35 years of age who can demonstrate sustainable farming practises and the good, clean and fair production of food in our area.

Hunter Valley Chef scholarship

This category is open to all chefs working in the Hunter Valley who can demonstrate a longstanding and strong commitment to sourcing local, seasonal produce for their menus..

Earth Market Farmer/Producer scholarship

This category is open to all farmers or producers who have been longstanding Earth Market stallholders (participating in the markets for more than 12 months to May 2018) and have had an 80% (or higher) attendance between May 2017 and May 2018.

Press Delegate Placement

This placement has been awarded to Belinda-Jane Davis, Journalist, Fairfax Media, in recognition of her inspiring work for farmers and local producers – including here work with “Feeding the Future”, “The Food Revolution” and the “Big Dry”.

Terra Madre 2016

In 2016 Tom Christie won the Slow Food Hunter Valley Inaugural Young Farmer Terra Madre Scholarship. The scholarship involved a trip to Slow Food’s biennial event Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy (September 2016). At Terra Madre Tom represented Slow Food Hunter Valley in what can only be described as a full immersion experience relating to “all things food and farming”.

As a small-scale garlic farmer from Marshdale (near Dungog, NSW) Tom was keen meet other farmers who espoused the ‘slow food’ philosophy. After several years of co-operative farming, Tom (and his wife) produced their first crop on their own land in 2016.

Tom and his wife Dominique Northam – who are passionate about food production – use organic farming methods. They sell directly through farmer’s markets in both Newcastle and Dungog. Tom said he savours “the interaction with other producers in Dungog” when the farmer’s markets are on and “is always adding to his knowledge bank” with every interaction. Tom also thinks the connection between grower and buyer is an important one and sits well with the concepts he studied in his Philosophy degree.

Tom has been part of a food co-op, studied permaculture, and completed courses with Curtis Stone and Jean-Martin Foractier in Sydney. “I love the ethos of the Slow Food movement  – good, clean and fair food production that doesn’t harm the environment,” he said. “And thanks to the Hunter Valley Slow Food scholarship I will be able to meet people at the Terra Madre conference from around the world who believe in that same farming philosophy. Exchanging ideas will be great.”

Tom has gone from a keen gardener living in Newcastle to planting our some 10,000 garlic plants at Four Acre Farm and the joy of growing slow food keeps him very motivated.