Monthly Archives: September 2010

Edible Ornamentals

October 24 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

River Farm
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria Va

Learn about plants that are both beautiful AND tasty from River Farm Horticulturist James Gagliardi. You will be inspired to design with herbs, add blueberry bushes to your border, and pick a salad in your front yard! Weather permitting, James will take participants on a tour of the gardens at River Farm following his talk. This event is FREE, will take place rain or shine, will run approximately 2 hours. Please note the location, 7931 East Boulevard Drive in Alexandria, is NOT metro accessible. R.S.V.P by October 20th to


Roseda Beef Hay Ride Farm Tour and Dinner

October 16 · 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Roseda Farm
15317 Carroll Road
Monkton, MD

Fall is the perfect time for this hayride tour of Roseda Beef, a family-operated farm in Monkton, Maryland. Roseda raises their cattle without hormones and is committed to environmentally-friendly farming methods. After the tour, participants will enjoy a barbacoa (beef cooked in a pit) dinner and campfire. Space is limited to 25, and cost is $40/member, $45 for non-members. Click here to register!


Wine Harvest at Basignani Winery

Wine Harvest at Basignani Winery
October 2 · 9:00am – 2:00pm

Basignani Winery
15722 Falls Rd.
Sparks, MD

Experience the harvest by coming out to Basignani vinyards to pick grapes and learn how grapes become wine. This will be followed by a delicious lunch and wine tasting at the vineyard. Basignani winery is a local Maryland winery which uses traditional cellar methods and the wines, which are estate grown and bottled, are classically produced. The day will begin at 9:00am. We will pick grapes for the winery until 12:00pm, then we will relax and have lunch and wine provided by Basignani. The event should finish up by 2:00pm.

Spaces are limited to 20-25 people.

RSVP to Kari –

There will be a $15 donation collected.


Happy Hour – Jackie’s Sidebar

Thursday, September 30 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jackie’s Sidebar
8081 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Join us for our first Silver Spring happy hour at the recently opened Jackie’s Sidebar (8081 Georgia Avenue, entrance on Sligo Ave, about 6 blocks from the metro). Featuring handcrafted cocktails, locally farmed food, and a punch concocted specially for us, this is the perfect setting to meet others in the area Slow Food community.

There is no fee for or registration for this event, just show up!

For those in the mood for further adventure, we will walk over to the restaurant Mandalay (930 Bonifant Street, 301 585 0500) for traditional Burmese food afterwards. Their unique and delicious chicken with coconut rice dish is only available on Thursdays, and it sells out so quickly that you need to call them by 5 p.m. if you’d like to reserve an order.


SLOW FOOD VOLUNTEER DAY and potluck with Neighborhood Farm Initiative

September 25 · 9:00am – 1:00pm

This event is full, no more RSVP’s will be taken.  Thank you!

SFDC is looking for volunteers to work with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative on September 25, 2010! Are you interested in urban agriculture and serving the DC community? Join us for this special Volunteer Day from 9am to 1pm, that includes a potluck lunch. RSVP to, using the subject line
“Sept.25 Slow Food Volunteer Day.” and plan on bringing a dish to share.

About the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI):
NFI is on a half acre urban farm site just a few minutes walk from the Ft. Totten metro station (red, green, yellow lines). The garden is an educational center that has two components: The first is a season long course for which each student gets a small plot, and the second is a “learn-by-doing” approach, in which the majority of the work in the field is done by volunteers who have an interest in urban agriculture. Volunteers range broadly in age, experience, and interests.

To get to the garden from the Fort Totten metro station, turn left (north) and walk up the sidewalk past where the buses stop. Across from the parking lot and after some trees, you’ll see a paved path going up over a slight hill on your left (going north). Take that path across a field and you’ll see the NFI at the top of the hill! (If you google-map 100 Gallatin Street NE, you’ll see the field from the
satellite view and the path that connects Gallatin street to the metro stop.)