Welcome to the table! We inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.




Good food is wholesome, seasonal, local, fresh, and delicious.


Clean food preserves biodiversity, sustains the environment, and nourishes a healthy lifestyle for both humans and animals.


Fair food honors the dignity of labor from field to fork, and the diversity of cultures and traditions in the United States. Good, clean, fair food is accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement creating dramatic change in more than 160 countries. In the US, there are more than 150 local chapters and 6,000 members. Join us to connect the pleasures of the table with a commitment to the communities, cultures, knowledge, and environment that make this pleasure possible.


What We Do

Slow Food USA gathers likely and unlikely allies to transform the way we produce, consume, and enjoy food.


From grassroots activists to policymakers, from farm to table, we are gathering a vast network for a common good. We gather both in online communities and in local, national, and international events.


Together around specific issues, we campaign to make cultural shifts for food that is good, clean, and fair for all. Join us!

  • School Gardens: We educate and grow the next generation of food-aware individuals.
  • Slow Meat: We work to improve animal welfare and reduce the impact of eating meat on the environment.
  • Biodiversity: We promote sustainable agriculture, support small-scale food producers, and preserve traditional foods and knowledge, through our Ark of Taste and Presidia (groups of artisan producers).


We build momentum through strategic partnerships. Slow Food began as a grassroots movement of concerned individuals changing the world. As our movement matures, we are increasingly connecting the foodies and the activists and other local and “slowcal” heroes with each other and with food-forward influencers, consumer groups, and policymakers.



Slow Food is the only grassroots organization working with members and volunteers locally, nationally and internationally to link the pleasures of good food with a commitment to community and the environment. Active in more than 150 countries, their global mission is good, clean and fair food for all.

Steve Fields and Sims Brannon founded an Ojai Chapter of Slow Food in 2002, which later merged with Ventura’s. The combined Ojai/Ventura chapter stopped operating in 2008.

Years later Dominick Fiume, Slow Food regional governor for Southern California, started working with several people in the Ventura area to form a new chapter open to everyone in the county. Today we join as one community under Slow Food Ventura County.

For more info, or to get involved, email: venturacountyca@slowfoodusa.org