Local Food Resources
"Foodshed" was coined in a 1929 book titled How Great Cities Are Fed. This book describes the flow of food from grower to consumer, a flow that's unadulterated by agri-business and major corporations. Consumers tired of over-processed, over-packaged food, or food that is trucked and flown from far away are turning to local growers for fresh, whole and seasonal foods.
For those who are interested in getting the freshest possible locally grown food, the following list will help you explore and find ways to connect with sustainable food choices.
1) Sustainable Table contains the Eat Well Guide and the award-winning Meatrix movies! This directory is free online and tells you where you can find sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, and other outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Enter your zip or postal code to find wholesome products at home or while traveling in the U.S. or Canada.
2) Eat Local Challenge offers inspiring ideas of what to eat and how to cook. The group blog is committed to the challenge of eating local, which means eating seasonally. You can read the bloggers' stories and recipes, and share your own to contribute to a community of like-minded people.
3) Weston A Price Foundation is founded by Sally Fallon Morell, author of the remarkable book entitled Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition. This well-researched and thought-provoking book brings us back to traditional foods, as foods should be eaten. Use this site to find a local Weston Price chapter or to start your own for support and resources for local grass-fed meats.
4)Slow Food USA is an international movement founded in Italy in 1986 to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and to promote farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. It's a non-profit organization with 225 volunteer-led chapters across the U.S., representing more than 150,000 members and advocates. This organization also has youth programs so that parents, teachers, and caregivers can initiate the young into the values of eating local, sustainable, and healthy food.Continued on the next page