Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Back to School ...Back to the Land!!!

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Greetings my Friend,

  I really want to give applause to everyone who came out to support the Back to School... Back to the Land celebration; at the Old San Juan market. Maria I. Suarez, your knowledge and sense of humor; brings a delightful mixture to a hungry community. We want to support your work and passion further in this New Age of Enlightenment. Dalma Cartagena, your work with our future minds and souls, is so critical to our humanity. You are very fortunate to be surrounded with so much hope and optimism each day....it must be the same experience of working in a flower shop. For those who haven't seen Dalma's school garden project; it's a blessing   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iXm2KpFFrI . ArbolAdas ( Carmen Sanchez, Maria Benedetti and the lovely dancers & musicians), this electrifying dance troupe; literally bought down the purity of the heavens!!! Without question, they captured the breathe of everyone at the market. Your symbiotic performance of trees and the human spirit should tour each town of Puerto Rico. And last but not least...Laura Daen, market vendors, museum employees, customers and volunteers; the whole Slow Healing campaign wants to thank you for giving us a platform for sharing wisdom and laughter with community members

Also during today's Back to School - Back to the Land event.  Slow Food Boricua (SFB) was able to raise funds to sponsor Dalma Cartagena and one of her young student (age 15-18); to be an observer at the 2014 Slow Food Terra Madre event in Italy. Dalma Cartagena is a schoolteacher in Orocovis, PR. She has dedicated her adult career, to educating and sharing the knowledge of organic agriculture to Puerto Ricans. As of today, we have raised $885.00 and we hope to acheive our goal of $3,000.00; before Sept 2014. If you have any ideas and would like to assist with the fundraising, please contact us.

More information on the Orocovis School Garden project:  For many years, Dalma has taught young students the art of organic farming; at the S.U. Botijas School in Orocovis. Her work is truly inspirational, because she not only teach young students at the school; they have developed a small farm and cooking facility. They will travel to Torino, Italy; and represent Puerto Rico as an observer of this worldwide gathering for organic food. Hopefully, Slow Food International will have Dalma present her accomplishment to the international organic community, but we'll give this opportunity and expose a young mind, to the global farmers market.  Thanks and hope to hear your ideas of working together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rZu-nfSu3E&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKJ6MZqx7fRlbkOdmlz8ugw

Embrace the Heart

This Saturday, May 4, Slow Healing presents: "Embrace the Heart"; learn how essential oils, nutrition, and the spirit of acupressure points can enhance and deepen the connection of the human heart. This upcoming Mother's Day; Maila Mendez, Elizama Montalvo and Bartus Allen will help navigate our 3 senses ( smell, touch and taste) on a journey of compassion & love. The lecture begins at 11am - 1pm. Thanks

Elizama Montalvo is a family & integrative physician, specialize in homeopathy, plant base nutrition and mind-body medicine. Maila Mendez specialize in aromatherapy and was a former marketing advisor for "Natural Awakenings". Bartus Allen, is a shiatsu artist and acupuncturist.

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Este Sábado, 4 de mayo, Slow Healing presenta: "Embrace the Heart" o Abrazando El Corazon, aprenderan de los aceites esenciales, la nutrición, y el espíritu de los puntos de acupresión puede mejorar y profundizar la conexión del corazón humano. Por la cercania del Día de las Madres; Maila Méndez, Elizama Montalvo y Bartus Allen le ayudará a navegar por nuestros 3 sentidos (olfato, tacto y gusto) en un viaje de la compasión y el amor. La conferencia empieza a las 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. gracias

Elizama Montalvo es un médico de familia y de Medicina Integrativa, se especializan en la homeopatía, nutricióna base de la plantas y de la medicina mente-cuerpo. Maila Méndez especializado en aromaterapia y era un ex asesor de marketing para "Natural Awakenings". Bartus Allen, es un artista de shiatsu y acupuntura.

Friday, April 12, 2013

March Earth Market & Old San Juan farmers market 3rd Annver.

Puerto Rico… where shopping and health go hand in hand!

Coconuts, bananas, passion fruit, citrus fruit.. peppers, tomatoes, avocadoes, breadfruit, bread and coffee. In Old San Juan (Puerto Rico), the Mercado Agricola Natural is a feast of scents, colors and tastes. It only hosts producers from the island and is always on the move.

Every Saturday morning, it comes to life with 20 producers and the help of the Slow Food Boricua Convivium, which has always paid great attention to health and the relationship between food and natural lifestyles (some of the stalls are dedicated to home cooked food and sell vegetarian dishes made with the market organic ingredients). The whole month of March is devoted to these topics. Healthy food, food education for children and adults, the fight against GMOs, the importance of health and a correct diet are the motivation of the four events at the Old San Juan Earth Market.

The first is on Saturday March 2 (from 11 am to 1 pm) with Rebecca Méndez del Valle (better known as Chef Rebecca, a Puerto Rican cook who focuses on vegetarian food and currently manages Afrodita, a catering and personal chef business) and Elizama Montalvo (Cconvivium leader and medical and integrative family doctor for 30 years, with expert in plant base nutrition and homeopathy). Together, they will explain tourists and market regulars that feeding children with top quality, alternative products is possible.
Raw milk cheese and the consumption of raw food are the focus of the second meeting, on Saturday March 9. Producer Wanda Otero will explain her products, while Laura Cortes, vegetarian chef, will give some easy and fun tips on how to eat raw products and prepare them. Also, coffee producer Elena Biamon and Elizama Montalvo will explain how local food can help prevent cancer.
It all continues on Saturday March 16 when the issues discussed with Marisol Mc Manus and Vero Rodriguez will explore Puerto Rican  and Asian herbs and the correct approach to eating. Elizama Montalvo explains the health risks of GMO products. And Saturday March 23, Chiropractor Jose Rodriguez will explain diabetes and Dalma Cartagena, a local ecologist teacher and an expert on vegetable gardens for children.

March also sees the launch of the new campaign of the Slow Food Boricua Convivium: Slow Healing. Slow Food Boricua - which has always placed great emphasis on taste education - wants to keep on raising awareness among the island citizens on the importance of food for our lives, the environment and communities. Meetings, workshops and debates are an opportunity to explain that eating slowly and taking the right time to enjoy meals help our health and promote socialization, and that sharing convivial times is good for the spirit.

The Slow Food Boricua Convivium is certainly one of the most active in the Caribbean in terms of activities organized in Puerto Rico and internationally. In 2011, it funded the creation of the Degwariri community garden in Somalia for the Thousand Gardens in Africa project. In 2013 and 2014, thanks to the activities of Bartus Allen (massager and acupuncturist), it will raise funds to send Dalma Cartagena and a young student to the next edition of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre.

If you want to know more:
Laura Daen
Member of the Slow Food Boricua Convivium

Elizama Montalvo
Slow Food Boricua Convivium Leader

When and where?
Every Saturday
Internal courtyard of the Arts and History Museum
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Slow Healing

Slow Food Boricua ( SFB) has launched a new campaign, called Slow Healing. Since the beginning of SFB, we've showcased several health events to educate our community on healthy food choices. This new campaign was given the green light from Slow Food International. Hopefully in time, this campaign will reach an global level, similar to 1,000 gardens in Africa, GMO, Slow Fish, etc. During the month of March, several health talks will be presented at the Old San Juan farmers market; to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the market and the opening of the Earth Market. Below you can read the description of Slow Healing, also the approval message from Slow Food International. Thanks

Hello Elizama and Bartus,
as promised, i talked with Paolo di Croce about the Slow Healing campaign. We agreed about the fact that this is an important issue for Slow Food, but in the last years we haven't developed anything like that. I checked in example with "Slowfood", our italian magazine, and we haven't published any article on the issue in the past. I spoke also with Silvia Ceriani, the head of our Communication Office. We all agree that we should work on this thanks to your help, and i think we can have two levels:

1) the local/regional level: in which SF Boricua can develop autonomically this campaign (as you said organizing some activities at the market and/or compromising others countries as Cuba as well). Of course SF International will give visibility to these events/activities through our websites.

2) the international level: we think that we cannot open a campaign now (like GMO or LAND GRABBING) because we don't have so far too much "background" on this, like articles, materials, other Convivia or TM communities working on this issue. But, we can begin to give visibility to this issue i.e. publishing some of the articles that you'll write, giving visibility to your activities, trying to link you with existing and future groups that will have the same focus. I think that if we work on this issue together, we'll have material and a network to start a new campaign within the next 12-24 months. What do you think?

At the moment i shared the documents with Silvia, and she'll send them to Andrea Pezzana, the nutritionist and teacher at University of Gastronomic Sciences that normally collaborate with us in nutritional issues, to have his feedback.

So, we still have to find a path to walk, but i think that step by step we can work on Slow Healing.

I wait for your comments and thank you two for your work.

Best, Andrea

Andrea Amato
Slow Food
Via della Mendicità Istruita, 14
12042, Bra (CN), Italy
Tel. +39 0172 419 723
Fax +39 0172 419 725
E-mail: a.amato@slowfood.it
Skype: andrea.amato.slow.food


 What is Slow Healing?

 In the past five years, since the beginning of Slow Food Boricua; our
 mission had always been dedicated to educating Puerto Ricans on the
 importance of healthier body, mind, food, and lifestyle. Slow Healing is a Slow Food campaign developed to
 continue the mission of educating people on the health benefits of
 food and lifestyle.

 What is Slow Healing? This question is complex and we may not have a definitive
 answer. But for us, it's about living life and being aware of the motives and the impact of the choices that we make in our lives, our environment and our communities.

 This campaign is meant to help structure individuals goals, around
 self awareness, creative thinking, personal meaning and community fulfillment. Slow Food Internationale's purpose is base on these principals, but Slow Healing will highlight the value of healthy eating, lifestyle, and choices.

 During major festive holidays, we experience living at a slower pace.
 Many of us share a home–cooked meal with family and friends, and
 appreciate what we have. Obviously celebrating holidays everyday
 wouldn't be desirable or practical, but the more we can include the
 spirit of these special days in our lives, the richer the other days
 of the year would be. Some cultures and spiritual practice have elect
 to unplug from technology one day a week so that they have more time
 and attention for relaxing, reading, and playing away from screens and
 phones. Mediation, dance, music, gardening and slowing down; are tools
 to Slow Healing campaign.

 Personal motivations for slowing down vary, but often stem from a
 sense that all of the more in our lives has not made them better.
 Overwhelm, stress, and a sense of disconnection are common symptoms of
 trying to deal with too much in a fast–paced, commodity–filled, and
 highly technological culture. This campaign addresses the desire to
 lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more holistic sense of well
 being in the fullest sense of the word. In addition to the personal
 advantages, there are potential environmental benefits as well. When
 we slow down, we often use fewer resources and produce less waste,
 both of which have a lighter impact on the earth.

 Living more slowly begins with becoming more aware of what is
 positively and negatively impacting the quality of our lives. For
 example, eating slowly has major health benefits on the the human
 body. One obvious benefit to eating more slowly is that you will taste
 your food more. If you double the amount of time it takes you to eat a
 meal, you’ll experience more of the flavors, textures and smells of
 the food you eat. Your food will become more interesting. While you
 are slowing down, you might find that you learn to stop eating sooner.
 You might notice that you are full and don’t need that extra bite.

 Studies show that "fullness" is a complex concept that combines the
 number of times you chew, the time you spend eating, the look of the
 food on the plate, as well as the actual amount of food you eat. Slow
 down and you may feel full with less. When you eat slowly, you end up
 tasting your food more. This is good because the more you pay
 attention to your foods, the more you will prefer natural, healthy
 foods. Here’s why: Most factory produced foods are carefully designed
 by food engineers to taste great for the first 3 or so bites. After
 that the food begins to taste bland and uninteresting (if you don’t
 believe me, try eating a name-brand cookie for a minute). You feel an
 urge to eat another cookie or potato chip after just a few chews. If
 you slow down and be sure to chew thoroughly, these heavily processed
 foods will taste pretty disgusting (again, if you don’t believe me,
 try chewing a potato chip 25 times times – it gets real nasty).
 Natural foods, on the other hand, stay interesting as you chew them. A
 strawberry starts out with a burst of juice, but then stays
 interesting as you chew. Oranges, nuts and vegetables are the same.
 Eating can be a social event. Meals are a time when people gather and
 spend time together. Once the meal is over, everyone goes their
 separate ways.

 By taking more time at a meal, you’ll be able to talk with your
 friends and family more, improve relationships and feel more
 connected. It takes your stomach about 20 minutes to produce the
 hormones that tell your brain that you are full. This process doesn’t
 start until your stomach begins to stretch. If you slow down, you give
 yourself more time to feel full. This gives you a better chance of
 stopping before you "get stuffed." Eating slower gives your stomach
 more time to start working on the food. When you send an entire meal
 down your throat in 5 minutes, you may find yourself suffering from
 indigestion. Instead, take 20 minutes to eat the same amount of food.
 Your stomach will have a much easier job. Eating slower might also
 result in you chewing more, giving your stomach a head start in the
 digestive process.

 Creating more community cooking & dining actives is a beautiful form
 of expressing gratitude to oneself. Not only will you be preparing
 your dishes together, it will help boost the flavor of your food, but
 you’ll also be making your wallet happy because you can buy
 collectively. It’s hard to go wrong with slow cooking with friends!
 The low cooking temperatures make it difficult to burn, scorch, or
 overcook your meal. In fact, oftentimes the longer cooking times bring
 out the savory flavors and really help to marry your ingredients
 together, plus you will have interesting stories to share with your
 community members..

 Healing is the process of moving mind, body, emotion, and behavior in
 the direction of becoming more whole and finding a healthy balance. As
 a system becomes more whole, its component parts function better, and
 they function in a more coordinated, effective way in relationship to
 each other. Slow Healing refers to the process of creating this
 balance on all levels of the internal system and, in addition, finding
 balance in relationship to the outside.

Dalma 's fundraising project

Hola Slow Food Boricua members,

   Many joyous and warm greetings for you in 2013. This message is being sent to you for the following purpose....creative insight. Dalma Cartagena is a school teacher in Orocovis. She has dedicated her adult career, to educating and sharing the knowledge of organic agriculture to Puerto Ricans. For many years, Dalma has taught young students the art of organic farming; at the Su Botijas school in Orocovis. Her work is truly inspirational, because she not only teach young students at the school, they have developed a small farm and cooking facility. We would like to send Dalma and one of her young student ( age 15-18) to Italy and attend the Terra Madre event in 2014 ( http://www.terramadre.info/ ). Hopefully to have Dalma present her accomplishment to the international organic community and expose a young mind, to a global farmers market. In the past, we have conducted several fundraisers to send Antonio Rullan to Terra Madre last year. We were able to raise $1,400.00 for Antonio's trip, but this time we will have to double our goal. We seek ideas and insight, on how to raise $3,000.00 before Sept.2014. Any ideas or assistance you care to share is always welcome. Thank you for your support.


Thanks to everyone who came out today and support the Old San Juan farmers market and Dalma's trip to Terra Madre. Together we were able to raise $525.00!! A special thanks must go to Laura Daen and all the market volunteers ( Suzanne, Aviva, Nilda and Marcelino), Nilsa  Eberhart ( great hands), Karla, Javier, Aurora, Vanessa and Elena ( wonderful cakes and promotion), and Bess Taylor and Rita Maldonao ( perfect greens). Today Dalma gave a excellent presentation and the audience really appreciate your knowledge. If you want to contact Dalma and visit the school garden project, contact me and I'll forward your message. In the meantime, watch some of Dalma's students in the videos above this message. Our next fundraiser for Dalma's trip will be this Fall. Have a peaceful Holy week and thanks again for your gift. Remain well

A gift for Somalia from PR

Greetings Sid Ali & Mudane,

   I hope you are feeling well. Recently, Marta Messa of Slow Food International, said you both were able to attend the Terra Madre 2012 event in Italy. I'm sure you were praised for your wonderful work in Somalia. One of the delegates from Puerto Rico, Elena Biamon ( finca.gripinas@gmail.com); also attended Terra Madre 2012. She was emotionally moved by the whole event, especially the 1,000 gardens in Africa presentation by Carlo Petrini. When Elena returned to Puerto Rico, she was inspired to assist the farmers in Africa. On Dec. 8, 2012; Elena gathered several chefs & farmers from around the island of Puerto Rico and decided to give a fundraiser called, " Local Banana Festival". They were able to raise $ 115.00 to help the Ayuub Orphans. This gift is presented to the Degwariri Community garden of Somalia, by your friends at the Old San Juan  farmer's market, Slow Food Boricua and the Local Banana Festival crew. Your sisters and brothers here in the Caribbean, wish our sisters and brothers in Africa; a peaceful and productive 2013. Thank you.

Elizama Montalvo

Elena's party

Dear friends of Convivium Boricua:

Participating  in Slow Food Congress and Terra Madre was something beyond words.  It is obvious that time and events are squeezing all of us from around the globe.  We now have no choice of coming together as unified citizens of the world and demand our rights for food that is good, clean (safe) and fair.  Unifying efforts in Puerto Rico is a must, hope that taking  a slow day to Finca Gripiñas, Jayuya; pick some coffee and share all the experiences of Slow Food Terra Madre will bring a new fellowship and spark to our battles for the right food, health and life.

For our surprise beyond Maria, Fernando, Antonio and Elena; Marta Calero and Jaime Boffill (Naturismo Tropical) and Bryan Brunner (Estacion Exp. Lajas-organicUPR) were part of Terra Madre, Torino,  Italy.

See you all soon and don't forget to confirm your participation in our coming get together.


El Convivium Boricua y Finca Gripiñas les invitan a la actividad "Recogida de Café e intercambio de experiencias Terra Madre, Italia"

Fecha: Domingo 11 de noviembre, 2012

Lugar: Finca Gripiñas (la casa de Café Tureygua), carr 527, km 2.5 , Bo. Veguitas, Sector Gripiñas, Jayuya

Hora: 10:00 am

Como siempre, favor traer un plato para compartir y hacer todo lo posible de prepararlo con ingredientes locales.


(787)397-3243(787)504-8648 , 787-672-0041 ELIZAMA, BARTUS._787-672-0095


NOTA: Si quieres recoger café debes llegar temprano y con ropa de trabajo (camisa de manga larga y botas altamente recomendado)  Sólo recogeremos café en la mañana.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks for everything

Elena and Miguel
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