Did you know the Utah legislature is working on a bill (HB187) to make photographing or recording agricultural operations without permission of the owner  a crime?

But the Utah agricultural community has been working hard to earn the trust of a clean, healthy agricultural system that has nothing to hide, and pictures of happy and healthy animals are one of the great ways to show the healthy system. Is it possible that unhealthy farming practices will be encouraged with this bill passed?

So, here are some great upcoming Slow Food Utah events that will teach you how you, too, can become a part of practicing healthy, effective ways to promote the values of good, clean food.

March 13 - Sorenson Center Unity Garden Workshop: Planning and Structures

This free workshop will teach how to plan your garden, group and rotate your plants, and build useful structures.

RSVP at 801-535-6533 by Monday, March 11. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at Sorenson Unity Center, located on 1383 S. 900 West.

March 13 - Chef-Producer Mingle

Come meet the chefs and restaurant managers who can help you get your great local food onto their restaurant's menu in a casual setting. The evening will be at Loggia behind Lugano Restaurant on 3365 S. 2300 East from 4 to 7 p.m. Contact slowfood@xmission.com if you haven't received an invitation.

March 21 - Slow Food Utah (SFU) Book Club

The book for march is "Blood, Bones and Butte" by Gabrielle Hamilton. The King's English Bookshop will have a selection for a discount for the book club members, and remember to bring a dish or drink to share. The club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Contact slowfood@xmission.com for the location. 

March 24 - Farm Mob

This is a day of service work to help local farmers. It will be a great way to learn what it takes to be farmer, and you will get your hands dirty and eat some good food donated by Roots Cafe. This event will be at the New Roots Refugee Garden on 3060 South Lester Street, West Valley City from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact chant8@gmail.com to sign up and for details.

March 29 - Wasatch Coop Member Meeting

Wasatch Cooperative Market will soon open a member-owned grocery store that sells high-quality natural, healthy, sustainable foods, goods and merchandise produced locally. WCM is holding a member-owners meeting at 6:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City on 569 S. 1300 East. Drop by and find more information about becoming a member-owner.

March 31 - Volunteer Training

Come learn about Slow Food Utah and many ways you can volunteer, and enjoy refreshments at the Alta Club on 100 E. South Temple from 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP to slowfood@xmission.com.

April 1 - A Tour and Tasting of Artisan Chocolate and Coffee

Millcreek Cacao Roasters, located on 651 S. Main Street, produces chocolate in their downtown factory, using some of the world's top beans and cocoa butter. The type of chocolate they produce is similar to the European style with more cocoa butter than the normal chocolate bar. Attend for $20, which includes a sample of coffee and chocolate to take home. Call 435-513-1769 for more information.

April 9 - Season Cooking Workshop

Hosted by Wasatch Community Gardens and Slow Food Utah, this is part of a series of four seasonal cooking workshops will teach you how to take the bounty from your garden and create delicious seasonal meals from 6 to 8 p.m. $25 per head, register here.