A simple step you can take: Eat more locally grown food

“Eating locally isn’t just a fad like the various diets advertised on late-night TV – it may be one of the most important ways we save ourselves and the planet.”
– Dr. David Suzuki, chair, The David Suzuki Foundation

As a follow up to this recent photoset on eating locally grown food, here are set of resources to help you take steps to reduce how far your food travels before it reaches you.

1. Local Harvest

According to their website, “The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.”

This is a great resource/directory for locating organic farms, community supported farms and other organic and local food sources. On the Local Harvest site you can search for local Farms, CSA programs, Farmer’s Markets, Restaurants, and Grocery/Co-ops that provide local food options for you and your family.

(I personally joined a local CSA that I found through this site — and the food we received in our shares was amazing.)

2. Local Food Directories – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

This is a similar resource to Local Harvest allowing you to search for and find directories of source for locally grown food in your area.

They mainly list directories instead of lists of farms and stores — for example, a search for New Hampshire, USA resulted in three directories:

  • New Hampshire Organic Farm Guide (NOFA-NH) – Listings of organic farms by county
  • New Hampshire’s Own – A directory of local orchards, farms, and farmer’s markets.
  • New Hampshire Farm Stand Directory – A directory of farm stands in the state

Between these two resources, you can probably find most of outlets for locally grown food in your area.

3. The Eat Local Challenge

From the site: “EatLocalChallenge.com is a group blog written by authors who are interested in the benefits of eating food grown and produced in their local foodshed.”

The Eat Local Challenge is an interesting group weblog with a lot of information on the challenges of eating locally and how the authors solve them. They provide a lot of background on the benefits and importance of buying local foods, as well as the impacts on your local community that it will have.

4. Wikipedia entry on Local Food

While this isn’t the best reference as of this writing, I want to include it for a couple reasons. First, there is some good information that that could be useful to you immediately. Second, I encourage you to add more information to the entry there as you learn more about local eating. It’s important that we share the knowledge we develop, and wikipedia is a great place to do that.

5. The 100 Mile Diet

This is a companion site to the book Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally. Their getting started guide is a fast read and will introduce you to some of the important ideas behind eating locally.

If you have other resources or ideas, please leave them in the comments and I’ll consider adding them to this list -

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