Meet the Young Changemakers representing the future of food in Scotland at Terra Madre 2018!

Organised by Slow Food International, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will be taking over Turin from September 20 to 24, 2018.

“Food for Change” is the guiding theme of the 12th edition of the world’s most important event dedicated to good, clean and fair food.

The program of conferences, Taste Workshops and the immense Market to the Terra Madre Forums, will see over 7,000 Terra Madre delegates from 143 countries participating in activities including seminars, meetings and debates in order to share knowledge, skills and ideas for a more resilient network to drive change towards a good, clean and fair food system in their own communities and across the world.

Slow Food Youth Network Scotland ran an open competition to support a group of young people under 35 working within or aspiring to be part of a more sustainable food system in Scotland to attend the event as youth delegates and represent the future of food in Scotland.

We are delighted to announce the successful delegates below with a few more to be included in the next month!

Alex Hackett

Alex Hackett is an artist and writer, whose work often explores aspects of food as a theme and medium. Through anthropogastronomy, she uses food as a medium to encourage thought on human experience and issues surrounding our contemporary relationship with the natural world and our food system. Alex organises events combining taste experiences with spoken word menus, which have previously explored themes including the Spring equinox, artificial flavourings and the seaweed Carrageen.

Currently living in the Outer Hebrides, Alex is exploring local food culture and traditions and the characteristics of a unique island food system. She is interested in the wider reach of food beyond gastronomy, its place within tradition and culture, and the emotional and mental impact of what we consume.

Alex is excited to be immersed in the optimism of Terra Madre, and learning more about international food producers creating quality food and food experiences.!a-n-t-h-r-o-p-o-g-a-s-t-r-o-n-o-m-y //

daisy jpegDaisy Jamieson is about to graduate from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Geography and is going on to further study a Masters in Environmental Change and Society. Daisy is currently employed as the University’s Sustainable Food Promoter and has been working towards setting up a Community Fridge on campus for the purpose of redistributing surplus food from nearby shops and businesses.

Next year Daisy will be taking on the role of Food Sharing Glasgow’s coordinator and wishes to grow the project to distribute surplus food at different community centres throughout the city, including working more closely with groups such as Govan Community Project who specifically tailor their food provision towards asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds.

Daisy’s main interest is looking at innovative ways to tackle the huge problem of food inequality in Glasgow, so at Terra Madre, she is most looking forward to hearing from other projects around the world who are doing just this. Daisy is also looking forward to learning about ways to incorporate some fun and enthusiasm around food into communities who may believe that eating well is a luxury they cannot afford. 

DGDanilo Giadone is originally from Sicily, having recently arrived in Scotland and already feels like it his own home. Danilo loves to cook delicious and high-quality food, especially with good company. He is the coordinator of a free weekly lunch for The Welcoming, an organisation that supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh.

He has a degree in communication and marketing and wants to use his skills in the charity sector to “give sense to his life” and because sharing emotions and helping each other is the most important thing in this life. Danilo is also an avid film fan and travels whenever he can to meet lots of people around the world. Because Danilo wants to eat just good food in his life, he wants to be useful to his community in some way. At the moment he is considering how to organise a “food purchasing group”, and is hoping that this experience at “Terra Madre” could help him on this journey.

Deaborah HeadshotDeborah May has always been drawn to spaces of hospitality and been deeply curious about food consumption; engaging with food based events, exploring food throughout her travels, collecting recipes, illustrating food, meeting food makers, growing and making food. Her interest in food activism and engaging with cultures and communities through a shared table inspired her to set-up the social enterprise Küche – ‘A Multicultural Kitchen for All’.

As Assistant Festival Producer for AiM for two years, Deborah’s work focused on programming, events organising and outreach and community participation; engaging BAME communities (particularly the African diaspora community) as practitioners as well as audience members in the arts in Scotland. As Project Coordinator for the Scottish Refugee Council’s multi-arts project ‘Share My Table’ which looks at refugee contributions to Scotland’s food heritage Deborah supported the project’s creative aims and its refugee participants. In addition to this Deborah has spent some time volunteering at the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) in Calais.

Frankie bio picBorn and based in Glasgow, Frankie Vaughan is currently working as a freelance researcher with the BBC. With a background in neuroscience and nutrition, she is interested in what we eat, why we eat it, and the role that food plays in our lives. From Scotland to New Zealand, England, Namibia and back, Frankie has lived and worked alongside creative communities bringing new ideas to the table. She loves finding and telling their stories and is passionate about pioneering change to improve public health in the UK.

To Frankie, Food is fundamental to our wellbeing, relationships, identity, and culture, and as part of the SFYN Scottish delegation at Terre Madre 2018, she can’t wait to learn more about the ways in which communities are fueled by and flourish through food around the world.

GeorgiaGeorgia Forsyth Sijpestijn is a 23-year-old Scot who is about to enrol in a double masters in agroecology and organic agriculture. After graduating from Ecological and Environmental Sciences from Edinburgh University last year, she worked in agricultural research at the James Hutton Institute.

Georgia is now designing a food waste distribution model, which connects food that would otherwise be wasted to those who can eat it. She has worked and volunteered in various environmental organisations with the closest to her heart being a grass-roots community growing project. She now sits on the trustee board of Granton Community Gardeners in north Edinburgh, a group of locals who grow food on street corners and hold events to share it with the neighbourhood.

Georgia hopes Terra Madre will give her an opportunity to explore new ideas, meet people working in food production and inspire me to continue to build on a passion for bringing people closer to their food.

IMG_1578 2Gillian Rodger is the coordinator of Slow Food Youth Network Scotland and has been involved in an array of Slow Food activities and campaigns in Scotland for almost 5 years. Until recently Gillian worked in communications and policy for the Heritage Sector, having studied Medieval Cultural Exchange, and is passionate about increasing the diversity of community engagement in Scotland’s heritage as well as promoting young leadership and representation in governance roles.

In her spare time, Gillian has been managing communications channels, running events and providing talks on sustainable food for many years. She is a keen cook and a crofter at Leith Community Crops in Pots, where she currently also works freelance as a communication and development officer whilst providing community lunches. Gillian dreams of setting up a remote co-operative croft which both provides produce and operates as a small restaurant for the community whilst providing opportunities for young people without opportunities to access, learn or work in sustainable food.

Having had a life-changing experience at TM 2016 she made the commitment to take 20 young changemakers from Scotland to Terra Madre, and is most looking forward to connecting with her SFYN friends old and new from across the world whilst also supporting the delegation in sharing their knowledge and forging new connections which help them to create a flourishing network of young food changemakers in Scotland!

Halcyon picHalcyon Hayward is a veterinary student with a keen interest in livestock production and welfare and dreams of starting a small scale pasture fed dairy farm. She is fascinated by soil, and how bacteria are a hidden part of all living things. As a self-confessed foodie, she enjoys debating solutions to food issues as well as cooking.

Halcyon is looking forward to meeting hundreds of interesting food communities from around the world at TM 2018, she would especially like to learn about producing food that is affordable for communities and gather ideas for improving communication between young people involved in food production. 

Jenny WoodsideJenny Macdonald is a farmer on the Isle of Arran. Together with her family she runs a social enterprise selling local and organic produce through a CSA scheme, mobile and online shop. Alongside their no dig market garden they also farm free-range poultry and rare breed pork as well as running various education and self-development courses.

Jennifer is passionate about all areas of regenerative agriculture, social enterprise and organic agriculture so is very excited by the opportunity to attend Terra Madre and meet other young people involved in the slow food movement. She also can’t wait to attend the various workshops and learn different techniques for running a rural food business and most of all getting to enjoy lots of delicious fresh food!

kino.jpgJoaquin Cano Reina (Kino) was born in Malaga, the sunny southern coast of Spain, and has always loved food and eating. Kino is a chef, currently completing his last year of professional cookery at Edinburgh college. Through his previous experiences within the industry, he has become especially concerned about the role of food in society and the environment.

Kino also volunteers for Food Sharing Edinburgh, teaching sustainable cooking workshops to students, promoting Food Sharing at events and collecting and redistributing food leftovers from businesses.

At Terra Madre 2018, Kino hopes to meet people from other parts of the world who share the same interests and passion for food. He would like to come back having gained a better understanding of the ways we can change the food system around the world, and work to help implement projects that can lead us to a fairer system here in Scotland.

KristinaNitsolovaKristina Nitsolova has worked on a variety of social and environmental justice projects- from small community-based initiatives to larger campaigns. She has previously facilitated the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network at CEMVO Scotland involving minority ethnic communities in strategic conversations about climate change and sustainable development policies.

Kristina graduated from the University of Glasgow’s interdisciplinary masters degree in Environment, Culture and Communications in 2015 which allowed her to explore the complex challenges of sustainability through the lenses of both social sciences and the humanities.

She is passionate about sustainable local food economies, community enterprise, food justice and resilience and co-founded Propagate C.I.C which develops and supports urban food projects and explores ways to build a thriving local food economy in Glasgow. Kristina is excited to attend Terra Madre 2018 as an opportunity to meet and learn from others working for a sustainable and fair food system across the world.

Laura TRJFPGLaura Wells is director of The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow. They are a social enterprise that rescues surplus food and turns it in to pop-up community meals with diners having the option to ‘pay-as-you-feel’ for their food – be that with money, skills or time. They also offer a catering service and run cooking classes.

Laura is looking forward to exploring the theme of ‘food for change’ at Terra Madre because she believes we need to change so that everyone has food that is affordable, accessible and nutritious. She believes the whole system needs to look at how food can be produced with care for the environment – minimising waste and emissions.

MarkMark Borthwick is a development officer at Granton Community Gardens, and a Social Researcher at the Edinburgh Food Project’s NW Foodbanks. He is interested in resilient alternatives to food poverty, and food dignity in the urban environment and would love to bring the food revolution to the urban poor.

By working as a traditional storyteller and outreach officer, Mark’s biggest challenge is finding communication methods for healthy eating to people who are isolated from nature, and lack the resources they need to activate a low-cost, high-health, slow food diet.

As a storyteller, Mark is excited to explore creative means of education and communication at Terra Madre 2018. He wants to create links with other young people working on the same areas both at home and around the world! Mark is particularly interested in learning from and building strong connections with, his contemporaries in Europe.

Mo TMMorvern Odling is an artist with a socially engaged practice living and working in Edinburgh. Her latest project, Fork In The Road, is a collaboration with the Edinburgh Tool Library combining open source design, food, cycling. She is interested in community development, urban community growing and co-created resources and alongside her work with ETL works freelance in producing and delivering participatory projects.

Mo will be bringing the ideas behind Fork In The Road to Terra Madre 2018; running workshops to develop a new design for a mobile project space. She will be promoting and discussing open source publishing, the sharing economy and co-created community resources with the aim to bring people together to share their knowledge and experiences, picking the brains of many to feed into a new Terra Madre created design.

ReubenReuben Chesters has a long standing interest in food, sustainability and building a fairer society. He is most interested in trying to prove alternative models of delivering the things people want while creating maximum social good. Reuben has predominantly done this through creating Locavore, the social enterprise he set up and has developed for the last 6 years.

Through this Reuben has developed a grocery store with a focus on local/organic food, a veg box scheme, commercial market growing and most recently an organic wholesale business focusing on creating short supply chains between organic producers and progressive retailers. Through attending Terra Madre he hopes to be inspired by what people are doing elsewhere and on a practical level perhaps find producers who I can work with.

Rosy MeadowsweetRosemary (Rosy) Rapacova is a 28-year-old female from the Shetland Islands who now runs a 2.5ha market garden with her husband in Fife, Meadowsweet Organics, which is in its’ fourth growing season producing organic vegetables, flowers and herbs. Rosie also works as a herbalist in the local community because she is passionate about plants and people and healing. Her ambition is to start a social enterprise to provide good food and natural healing to people on a low income.

Rosy loves what she does, but is usually too busy farming to have time to get involved with the bigger picture and conversation, although it’s something she really cares about. Rosie, therefore, sees this as an opportunity to get involved and share her story, while learning about others. She is most looking forward to learning more about seeds and food and health, which are big parts of her daily life that she is really passionate about.

sarahduley.jpgSarah Elizabeth Duley has been working for Soil Association Scotland as part of the Food for Life team for the last 3 years. Food for Life aims to make good food the easy choice and I work with local authority caterers to support them to access, source and serve more sustainable, healthy and Scottish food. Sarah also volunteers with Meal Makers, a neighbourhood food-sharing initiative which connects people who like to cook, and can share an extra portion of food, with an older neighbour.

Sarah helped establish Slow Food Youth Network Scotland back in 2015 to provide a platform for like-minded people involved in creating a more sustainable food system. She’s not sure what her dream role would be, but really enjoys the process of supporting and facilitating change in catering and being part of a movement towards a Good Food Nation in Scotland.

The power of food to bring people together and tackle many societal challenges constantly amazes Sarah and she is excited to engage with and learn from people working across the food chain and across the world at Terra Madre 2018. Sarah would love to hear more about any public food projects that delegates are involved in from other countries and to take this knowledge back to Scotland to trial things through Food for Life. On a more personal note, she often hears and refers to the phrase ‘think global, act local’ and think attending Terra Madre would be a great opportunity to put this into practice.

Sarah GAfter studying at the University of St Andrews, Sarah Gowanlock returned to the States and worked at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There she rediscovered the joy of knowing where food comes from. As a social anthropology and medieval history graduate, she is fascinated by the relationship between producer and consumer, the role of food in creating communities, and food heritage.

Sarah’s dream role in the food system is as a social researcher, developing research so we better understand what types of food we are eating and how we can make positive behaviour change. She is currently a consumer and advocate with SFYN Scotland, passionate about promoting young producers and spreading knowledge about cooking whole foods. Watch out for her first instalment of a monthly blog series for SFYN coming soon, exploring Scotland’s historic food system, from the Stone Age to the present.

Sarah is looking forward to learning so much more at Terra Madre and is hoping to make a network of people who are interested in research and might help her to develop proposals and better understand what issues need more research.

SorinaOriginally from Romania, Sorina Roxana Savascu moved to Scotland about 8yrs ago to study International Tourism Management. Two years ago she decided to move slowly into the food industry rather than hospitality. Wanting to learn more about the food system in Scotland she launched Southside Food Assembly.

Her role as a Food Assembly host is to be an ambassador for local produce, connecting the local farmer with the consumer. She wants to create a local community, benefiting local farmers and the local economy, whilst reducing food miles and food waste, and encouraging people to cook more with the fresh seasonal ingredients. Sorina dreams of growing her own and being a bit more self-sufficient. She has recently joined a community croft, hoping to master the art of urban gardening and her long term plans are to become a farmer.

At TM2018, She is most looking forward to participating in as many of the forums, conferences and workshops as she can. Also to meet and network with other Slow Food delegates from around the world and exchange stories and ideas on how food can change the world for better or for worse.

Much more information on the delegates, their commitment to sharing knowledge and their preparations for Terra Madre will be shared here & on social media.

About the delegation and our fundraising efforts

Due to the large size of the delegation, their attendance is not fully funded by SF International and there will, therefore, be various fundraising efforts from delegates collectively and individually to raise their travel/accommodation expenses which we hope you will be able to support.

It was felt by SFYN Scotland that we should take a larger than average delegation, in recognition of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 and an awareness of the need to share and gather innovative ideas for a more sustainable food system as Scottish Government begins consulting on the Good Food Nation bill and SF and SFYN International begin their journey towards delivery of the policies of the Slow Food movement, as defined during the International Congress in Chengdu last September…

One of the ways you can support our efforts is to join us for a series of four events at Ostara Cafe, Leith, Edinburgh where you will be able to connect with and learn more about the youth delegation whilst enjoying a locally-sourced seasonal meal.

Buy tickets here:

For more information on the various other fundraising activities we have planned please keep an eye on this website, our social media channels or sign up to our mailing list.

For any press enquiries about the delegates or to offer your support please email SFYN Scotland Coordinator Gillian Rodger via

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