Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 167–178 | Cite as

Innovative millennial snails: the story of Slow Food University of Wisconsin

  • Lydia Zepeda
  • Anna Reznickova
In the Field Report


This is the story of Slow Food University of Wisconsin (SFUW), a student organization that grew from one woman’s idea to a community of over 3200 people dedicated to making sustainable, fairly produced, delicious food accessible in a small city, with a big university, in the heart of the United States. Along the way SFUW has fostered new ideas, developed skills, and built relationships through conscious food procurement, cooking and eating. This essay describes the evolution of the organization and its four projects: Family Dinner Night, South Madison, Outreach and the Café. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been delicious.


Local food Social innovation Student organization 



Alternative food movement


Boys and Girls Club of Dane County


Community supported agriculture


Family Dinner Night


Non-governmental organization


Slow Food international


Slow Food University of Wisconsin


United States


University of Wisconsin



Many thanks to all the participants in this study for taking the time to talk about their experiences. The original draft and all revisions were written by Lydia Zepeda.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Consumer ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Nelson Institute of Environmental StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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