Terra Madre

Terra Madre (mother earth) is a worldwide network launched by (international) Slow Food in 2004. The network unites food producers, fishers, breeders, chefs, academics, young people, NGOs and representatives of local communities that are involved in sustainable food production and linked by a geographic area.

The YouTube video above shows the parade during the 11th Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event.

As part of the Terra Madre network, Slow Food Hunter Valley is building a local network with the intention of connecting and promoting everyone who is contributing to “good clean and fair food for all” in our region.

Liam Dennis

Liam Dennis – our youngest Terra Madre farmer – works his family farm at East Maitland in the Hunter Valley. The main crops he and his family farm are potatoes, pumpkin, cauliflowers, cabbages and watermelons.

If you are a small farmer or producer involved in sustainable food production in our region, we are keen to get to know you and tell others about what you do.

We give you the opportunity to tell your story, be part of our fortnightly produce-stall in Maitland, and to be part of the message of “good clean and fair food for all”.

To us:
good means a fresh and flavourful seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of local culture
clean refers to food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or our health
fair means keeping prices accessible for consumers while maintaining fair pay and conditions for small scale producers and farm workers.
Some of the ways Slow Food works with farmers in the region include:
connecting like-minded producers as a food community and create forums for an exchange of ideas, skills, and support
organising events to give producers an opportunity to showcase their produce (including stalls at local festivals and shows, and a regular farmer’s produce market in Maitland)
providing advice on government and other grants
linking those seeking advice with mentors in their field
offering our expertise and collective strength to advocate for regulatory change and reform in areas of interest to small local producers

In the future, the Terra Madre Network project will unite food producers, fishers, breeders, chefs, academics, young people, NGOs and representatives of local communities – all working to establish a system of good, clean and fair food from the grassroots level.

Across the world, small-scale farmers are undervalued, often seen as unproductive or something from the past. Globally, the ongoing depletion of natural resources due to unsustainable usage and extraction (often a result of industrial agriculture or mining) is a growing concern. We want to add your voices and concerns for what is happening to farming in our region.

Being a part of our network simply means that you are part of a group of people who care deeply about local food and want to make sure we stay connected with those who are producing it. Please meet some of the local producers who are already part of the Slow Food Hunter Valley Terra Madre network.

If you would like to be part of your local Terra Madre Network, please use our contact form on the Contact Us page. Let us know you would like to be part of this wonderful local, national and international network. We will then contact you to arrange a meeting and to visit your farm or premises so we can learn about your work first-hand.

To see what is happening across the globe in the international Terra Madre network.