From launching a farmers market in Waconia to helping birth lambs at a local farm, Tracy LeTourneau’s career with Terra Waconia has led to some interesting places. This month, it’s leading her to Turin, Italy, where she’ll be a Slow Food USA delegate for the Terra Madre & Salone de Gusto, a biannual international food conference designed to highlight the diversity of food around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principals of good, clean and fair.
“Not only does this mean that Slow Food leaders admire the incredible work that Tracy is doing, it also means that we believe Tracy is an important voice in representing the diverse U.S. food movement to the international community,” according to a letter from Slow Food USA.
LeTourneau says she looks forward to discussing family farming at the conference, and hopes to bring back what she’s learned to her work with Terra Waconia and the farmers market. “It’s a massive educational opportunity,” LeTourneau says.