Locavore Kids eat smart
Wednesday marked the second annual Locavore Kids event at the Barlow’s Mill in Fredonia, a fun-filled event that helps to educate those who want to learn more and take action toward healthier eating. The open farm event celebrates the abundance of late-summer harvests while emphasizing locally-grown foods and gives kids the opportunity to be on a farm, to see food growing and to taste it. “This is culinary tourism, particularly geared toward children,” said farm owner Kay Barlow. “All of the vendors have food samples. In the barn we have apple pressing and in the garden we have taste tests, comparing things that are fresh picked versus the kind you buy in the grocery store.” Observer Today story (Dunkirk, NY).
Volunteer ‘Mobs’ donate elbow grease to sustainable farms
The Crop Mob is a North Carolina-based organization through which farm-loving volunteers descend on one lucky sustainable farm for an afternoon each month and accomplish tasks it would take the farmers themselves months to do alone.
Local Food and Relocalisation: a Totnes case study
The concept of the intentional relocalisation of food in the way explored in ‘Can Totnes and District Feed Itself?’ sits within a wider food culture which is arguably in crisis (i.e. Lawrence 2009). Fewer people cook with fresh produce or have the time or income to source local produce. So what is the current Totnes food culture? In the survey, 97% of respondents stated that they ‘always’ or ‘often’ cooked the meals they ate at home using fresh produce”, but the question was unfortunately sufficiently vague as to not yield much of value. 43% of respondents stated that someone in their household grows some of the food that is consumed there, and 8% have an allotment, above the national average: a study by the University of Derby in 2006 showed a national average provision of 7 allotments per 1,000 population (Crouch & Rivers 2006). Excerpts from a forthcoming thesis by Rob Hopkins.
Woodbury County Policy for Rural Economic Revitalization “Local Food Purchase Policy”
Woodbury County, Iowa, passed a resolution that mandates county food service programs to purchase local organic produce when available. It is the policy of Woodbury County to promote the economic vitality, and public health and safety, of its rural communities. The “Local Food Purchase Policy” is intended to increase regional per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment, and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities. Woodbury County shall purchase, by or through its food service contractor, locally produced organic food when a department of Woodbury County serves food in the usual course of business. Woodbury County resolution.
Chicken-sitting service for (sub)urban flocks
Driven by the local food movement and the prospect of fresh eggs, more urban and suburban households are taking up small-scale backyard chicken farming. Tapping into that trend, Just Us Hens is a new Portland-based venture dedicated to tending local hens when their owners go away on holidays. Launched in May, Just Us Hens’ chicken-sitting service includes twice daily visits to let the birds out and in, replenish their food and water and hose them down when the weather gets hot. In addition to their USD 15 per visit chicken-sitting, Just Us Hens also offers wing clipping and beak trimming for USD 25, and chicken farming consultations for beginners at USD 50 per hour. CNN Money story.
A Hen’s Space to Roost
Which came first — consumer preference for humane farming, or pressure from animal welfare advocates? Some combination of the two is driving big changes in the industrialized treatment of farm animals, including egg-laying hens, the vast majority of which live out their lives packed tightly in “battery cages.” Ohio, the second-largest producer of eggs after Iowa, is the latest to adjust its standards. New York Times story.
Restaurateur Opens Grocery Alternative in ‘Food Desert’
Fresh Family Foods, a unique grocery store concept located in one of Chicago’s most notorious food deserts, neighborhoods that lack access to mainstream grocery stores, will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, August 26 at 336 E. 95th St., across from Chicago State University. Fresh Family Foods is the brain child of Chicago restaurateur and fast-casual dining guru Quentin Love, creator of the popular “no beef, no pork” Quench chain of restaurants, located on the South, West and North Sides of Chicago. PR Newswire release.
Italy Creates Strong Presence for Local Food in School Meals
Many European Union (EU) states have national school lunch programs. Some make it a priority to procure school food from sustainable sources, including local, organic producers. In 2004 the European Parliament approved important new directives on public procurement that allowed authorities in public sector institutions to set special conditions regarding contracts, including social and environmental considerations. Valerie Ward writing for suite101.com.
Local Food Makes Gains in U.S. Schools
Local food is gaining a stronger foothold in U.S. schools as the result of changes in government legislation and procurement rules. It is also gaining momentum through the work of organizations such as the Farm to School Network, which fosters and institutionalizes programs that link local farms with schools. A 2009 survey by the School Nutrition Association shows that 34 percent of schools across the country are serving locally sourced foods, either occasionally or every day, while an additional 22 percent plan to do so. Valerie Ward writing for suite101.com.
The Scientist, the cook & the grower
The Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia is hosting an international symposium, which aims to further debate about the production and consumption of food beyond its safe confines as ‘feel good politics’. There will be a public panel featuring a well-known cook, growers and food social/scientists on the afternoon of December 15th, followed by a full day symposium. Call for papers.
AND if You Have Time
Bicycle-powered stand serves up coffee hot and cold
Brooklyn-based Kickstand Coffee uses two bicycles, a fold-up stand and a hand-cranked grinder to serve up sustainable hot and cold coffee at events around the city. Website.