Here's some information about Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste from their website;
The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates.
I'm the co-chair of the Northeast Regional Committee for Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste is one of the major inspirations to become an advocate. To serve on this committee is humbling, and I'm proud to part of it.