Dr. Beth Kunkel, Chapter Leader
Beth is Professor Emerita of Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and a Registered Dietitian. She has been a member of Slow Food USA and Slow Food Upstate for eight years and has served as chapter leader since 2015. She chose to be a member of Slow Food because of her passion for preserving biodiversity in our food supply and developing resilient food systems.
Mary White, Treasurer
Mary is a passionate local foodie. Her interest in Slow Food began by participating in her local Slow Food on Campus chapter and interning with Slow Food Upstate.
Linda is a seasoned freelance writer and editor with passion for food and travel. Her career has led her to Canada, New York, Los Angeles, and other areas around the United States. As a staff editor for Michelin travel publications, she wrote and edited large parts of the North American collection of The Michelin Guide – the acclaimed red-covered restaurant and hotel guide. She is also a contributing editor to TOWN magazine in Greenville, where she writes food and restaurant articles, travel pieces, and more.
She is proud to promote “good, clean and fair” food practices with Slow Food Upstate.
Jan Wesley & Renato Vicario
Janette and Renato create Vicario Wines and Spirits at their vineyards in Cortona, Italy and grow herbs for liqueur making in Greer, South Carolina. At their Micro-distillery, Salute! LLC in Greer, SC – dba Vicario Wine and Spirits – they create a portfolio of award winning liqueurs based on ancient recipes, rare fruits, and age old traditions. Vicario Dragoncello Liqueur was named a Good Food Award Winner for 2016.
Renato was raised in the Piedmont region of Italy, and has been a long time member of Slow Food, and board member of Slow Food Upstate. With a deep respect for terroir, eco-systems, and a passion for the pleasure of good taste, he is a champion for the philosophy of Slow Food and in educating others on the role food and beverage traditions play in the quality of life.
Janette is the Former Slow Food USA Regional Governor for the SE, and South Carolina Regional Governor, and former chapter leader at Slow Food Upstate. During her time as chapter leader of Slow Food Upstate, the highlight came in 2010 with the certification of the Earth Market Greenville, the first such market in the USA. Jan has written for AT HOME Magazine on Garden to Table issues, a publication of the Community Journal, Greenville, SC, and has written for Wall Street International Magazine, and other various magazines.
Chris is the owner and manager of Bio-Way Farm in Ware Shoals, SC. Bio-Way is a certified organic farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture design principles. The farm’s 120 acres offer a mix of cultivated fields with row crops, hardwood forests and an edible forest garden featuring many native plants.
Dr. Nancy Walker
Nancy and her husband, William, own Walker Century Farms – a 300+ acre family farm in Anderson County. The farm has been in the Walker family for more than 100 years, where they raise and sell pure-bred Devon cattle along with beef and pork. The farm focuses on sustainable and organic production, and utilizes rotational grazing. Nancy is also a retired plant geneticist from Clemson University.
Laura and her husband, David, own Dahl Farm and Terra’s Table with partner, Cheryl Lecroy. She grows mushrooms, a variety of produce, and creates mushroom powder seasonings in their certified kitchen. With a forestry and wildlife background, she deeply believes in being a good steward of the land and in producing real, whole, clean food.
Rebecca has been a teacher and trainer for over 25 years, the last 10 in gardening, farming, environmental stewardship, healthy cooking, and food systems. She is the Sustainable Agriculture Program Coordinator at Greenville Technical College, as well as the Executive Director of the SC Organization for Organic Living (SCOOL). She leads two annual events – Cultivate (organic growing and food conference) and the Homesteading Festival.
Bruce is a local business owner, a wellness coach, and a partner in Blue Ridge Creamery – a local cheese producer. Bruce is also an advocate of GMO labeling, a Board Member of Greenville Organic Foods, and a volunteer at local food events. Bruce decided to join Slow Food for a number of reasons, including food security, community building, and the economics of local food.
Shelby is the Community Relations Coordinator at the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District, and has volunteered with organic farms for the past 2+ years. Shelby is a backyard-grower who moved to Greenville after living abroad for 4 years and completing her MA in Global Sustainability. She believes in voting with your dollars and was drawn to the good, clean, and fair motto of Slow Food.