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Renewing America's Food Traditions - RAFT

For further information on the RAFT program and what you can do, contact RAFT's founding partners:

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
The ALBC was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Pittsboro, North Carolina. ALBC is dedicated to conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. ALBC monitors breed populations of ten traditional agricultural species in the US, identify endangered breeds, documents breed performance, and promotes their use. ALBC is the preeminent source for information on genetic conservation in the US and has long recognized that sustainable agriculture is the ideal habitat for many of breeds that are regionally adapted and selected for self-sufficiency.
Don Bixby

Center for Sustainable Environments
CSE brings together the talents and expertise of scientists, educators, independent scholars, business leaders, government agencies, non-profits, students, and community members to seek creative solutions to environmental problems. These challenges are addressed through initiatives that safeguard natural and cultural values and resources. By combining technical innovations with the knowledge, values, and practices of local communities, we generate long-term environmental solutions that enhance the lives of those they impact.
Contact: Gary Nabhan

Chefs Collaborative
A national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisinal cooking. It has held successful tastings and briefings on a variety of issues, including sustainable seafood solutions, grass-fed free range meat production, GMO’s and animal welfare and safety. The Collaborative provides its members with the tools to run both economically and environmentally sustainable food service businesses.
Contact: Jennifer Hall

Cultural Conservancy
A Native American non-profit dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of indigenous cultures and their ancestral lands, storytelling, and harvesting traditions. The Cultural Conservancy’s Storyscape media project focuses on the protection of storehouses of traditional knowledge surrounding nutrition, resources use, farming, foraging, and time-tested sustainable land management practices. The Conservancy strives to preserve and renew this endangered knowledge through ethnographic recordings and by providing technical assistance for tribes to protect their own cultural legacies.

Contact: Melissa Nelson

Native Seed/SEARCH
Since NSS was established twenty-two years ago, this non-profit has protected crop seeds from Native American and other ethnic cultures in the binational desert southwest. Its research and conservation programs maintain over two thousand varieties of seeds, and their oral histories, native to the region. Its educational and culinary events have focused on the role that native and traditional “slow release” foods can play in combating diabetes.

Contact: Kevin Dahl

Seed Savers Exchange
SSE was founded in 1975 by Kent and Diane Whealy, is the single most effective food crop conservation non-profit in history. SSE’s Heritage Farm permanently maintains and displays 24,000 heirloom vegetable varieties, 700 pre-1900 apples, 200 hardy grapes, and herds of extremely rare Ancient White Park cattle. Since 1981, SSE’s Garden Seed Inventory (Sixth Edition) and similar publications have tracked the availability of all non-hybrid vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries in the U.S. Using Seed Savers Yearbook, SSE’s members annually offer 12,000 varieties of heirloom vegetables, almost twice as many non-hybrid varieties as are offered by the entire U.S. mail-order garden seed industry. Seed Savers Exchange and Heritage Farm have provided the models for organizations and projects in more than 30 countries.

Contact: Kent Whealy

Slow Food USA
Slow Food USA is a nonprofit, educational, eco-gastronomic organization that supports a bio-diverse, sustainable food supply, local producers, heritage foodways and rediscovering the pleasures of the table. Founded in 1989 in Italy as a response to the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome, Slow Food has grown to encompass a worldwide membership of 70,000 members in 45 countries. With over 10,000 members and 135 convivia (chapters) in the United States, Slow Food USA organizes projects including the Ark of Taste, which identifies and revitalizes foods, farmers and traditions that are at risk of extinction; and Slow Food in Schools, which establishes garden to table projects in schools that cultivate the senses and teach an ecological approach to food.
Makale Faber

Additional RAFT Partners:

Slow Food Canada:
Contact: Sinclair Philip

Contact: Debra Sohm Lawson or Liz Woody

Tohono O'odham Community Action
Contact: Terrol Dew Johnson




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Last updated January 16, 2007