President’s Message 


by Margarita Ramirez-Dalton

Welcome to Slow Food, Sonoma Valley.

As your 2013-2015 president, I say on behalf of our local chapter that we are incredibly blessed to live in, and around the town of Sonoma. Sonoma is surrounded by generations of family-owned small farms and dairies, producing food within a short distance to our tables. We live in the award winning wine country, along with a vibrant art and cultural community. People living here take time to stop and honestly ask, “How are you?”

At the heart of our local Slow Food group, whether we are farmers or professionals enjoying and sharing the bounty, we never take for granted this place we get to call home. Slow Food Sonoma Valley seeks to share the belief that everyone – without regard to economic status ― is entitled to knowing the options for clean, good and fair food. 

My professional career has been devoted to working with groups, whether in marketing, writing, and organizing, or leading groups to destinations around the world and exposing them to learning about local traditions, foods and peoples of each country. From my worldly travels, I have discovered that whenever people have an opportunity to gather at a community table with nourishing food, inspiring conversations flourish, and we gain insights into the heart and soul of our communities.

My goal is to grow our active members and our local chapter. We strive to support our local farmers and local food purveyors and to share knowledge of healthy eating, sustainability and the importance of our farming communities. We will continue to collaborate with other like-minded groups and continue our efforts to educate adults and children about the power of eating healthy.

To receive an application form to join our Sonoma Valley group – email me at

And visit our website often to learn how you can contribute to the Slow Food movement—and to your community.