A chapter of Slow Food USA, Slow Food in the Tetons connects the local community with local healthy food. The organization hosts year-round farmers markets where local growers sell their food, cooking classes for kids and adults, and seasonal events that celebrate the valley’s food community. “My wife Amanda and I enjoy shopping at the weekly People’s Market (every other week in winter),” Bruemmer says. “Just this year we participated in the Teton Food Tour and Slow Food in the Tetons’ annual Lockhart Ranch dinner party and us and Slow Food staff are looking forward to the Local Harvest Dinner (October 7), which is a celebration of our local farmers.”
Cuddie was inspired to join the board last year because the museum is going through a transition. “The space we are currently in is being redeveloped as affordable housing, so we have to find a new permanent home,” she says. “We are truly blessed to live in Jackson and I believe those of us who are able to have a responsibility to give back. Some people give back through financial contributions, others have time and energy to give. All are critical for our community to prosper.”
TFR also founded the Jackson Hole Trails Consortium, a group of local businesses financially supporting trail crews to maintain local trail networks. On average it takes approximately $150,000 to employ the trail crew for the six-month maintenance season. In addition to helping fundraise for paid trail crews, TFR has organized thousands of hours of volunteer trail labor via individual efforts and organized events like the annual “Pass Bash,” where riders are encouraged to come hang out, go for a ride, and learn more about what is happening in the current season. “It is important to engage in something you are genuinely passionate about,” Kavanagh says about being on a volunteer board. “One can have no regrets if they fight for what makes them happy and is meaningful to them; regardless of their level of success in that fight.
Founded in 1993 by the Teton County Sheriff’s Department, TCSAR works to keep locals and visitors safe in the backcountry 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, the organization received 105 call outs that TCSAR volunteers spent 5,009 hours on. During the same time period the team’s 38 members spent an equal amount of time training—in everything from swiftwater, avalanche, and cave rescue to short hauling, high angle rescue, and navigation, among other things.