Beginning a new independent study for the Fall Semester as a limited-resident. Molly Beverly, will be mentoring me from Prescott and I will be conducting the study from the Bay Area. The study will be based around Slow Food, an international grassroots membership organization dedicated to insuring good, clean and fair food for all. I am interested in specifically focusing on the National School Garden Program, and the importance of increasing food literacy through youth education in schools and gardens. My goal is to reach out to local school garden and lunch programs in the Bay Area and get involved with the work they are doing on site. In order to reclaim our food system, we must reclaim community. We do thing by participating in the cultivation of the land and its resources and teaching young people about real food and where it comes from. The Slow Food movement emphasizes the importance of preserving culture through education and community-building projects that re-connect children to the cultivation of good, clean and fair food.