National Food Plan (Australia)
The plan is expected to have a broad scope, including issues such as food security, productivity and efficiency, sustainability, health and nutrition and general economic policy relating to the food sector. One role for the plan will be to recognise the wide range of work already being done by stakeholders. The government envisages that a national food plan will outline the Australian Government’s vision for the food industry and consumers, to guide Australian Government actions and provide certainty for other stakeholders. A national food plan, when finalised, would seek to better explain and better integrate Australia’s approach to food policy, from production through to consumption, and be consistent with the government’s market-based policy approach and commitment to fiscal discipline. Summary written by the Rural, Remote and Regional Women’s Network.
Blending high-tech and tradition, hyperlocal ingredients, stress and pain remedies
Hyperlocal ingredients, a blend of technology and tradition, and treatments focusing not just on beauty but also on remedying stress and pain are some of the trends turning up at spas. Members of the International Spa Association offered examples of all of them at ISPA’s annual trend showcase in New York Aug. 18. Washington Post story.
The Stockton Farm Market
Truly, if you are a LO (Locavore Omnivore) and a FH (Foodie Head), this place is for you. And even if you are not (like Yours Truly), you will still wish you had an extra nose, another mouth, two more eyes and a prehensile tail for carrying shopping bags of gustable groceries. Packet Online story.
How the Accidental Locavore Survived Hurricane Irene
After going through the motions of emergency preparedness, for Irene, the Accidental Locavore started to focus on the important stuff: what we were going to eat if there was no power. Cooking through the contents of a full fridge and big freezer was an option, however some things that didn’t need much if any preparation would probably be a good idea. Smoking a chicken seemed like a good idea, so I butterflied one and, after brining it overnight tossed it on the smoker. Three hours later, beautiful bird and one that would keep if the power were off for a while. The Daily meal blog.
‘Locavore’ Golfers Harvest $4,500
Golfers raised $4,500 for the Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award Fund on August 15. With off-and-on rain, 60 golfers completed the mixed-foursomes tournament with “some sparkling play and abundant enthusiasm,” according to organizing committee chair Carol Mintzer. The money raised adds to the Locavore Award Fund at Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation. The Fund supports an annual prize of $1,000 recognizing outstanding achievement supporting local use of local agricultural products. Capital Area Golf post.
Hungry for a change? Farm-to-fork food is easier to find in city
Eat local — certainly a worthy goal, but sometimes easier said than done. This weekend, of course, you can attend Dig-IN at White River State Park and find plenty of locally produced food. Billed as “A Taste of Indiana,” the food fest features samples from more than 30 chefs — plus wineries and microbreweries. It’s a timely event, not only because of the growing interest in local food — and the fact that we’re at the height of produce season — but also because Indiana’s Going Local Week is coming up. Indianapolis Star story.
Celebrity chef Alice Waters creates T-Shirts with Levi’s
Alice Waters, the culinary equivalent of Mother Nature, is kicking up quite a media storm in advance of Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary with her latest collaboration involving Levi’s. Waters, who is widely credited for launching the locavore movement when she opened her Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse in 1971, has struck a partnership with the clothing company which will sell limited edition T-shirts to support another project she pioneered, The Edible Schoolyard. The Independent (UK) story.
Locavore matriarch Alice Waters discusses her next big food revolution
In a short video posted by blog Nowness Wednesday, Waters explains the principles behind The Edible Schoolyard, another project she hopes will change the way the next generation approaches food. Under Waters’ lead, what used to be a vacant lot at a middle school in Berkeley, California in 1995, is today a lush, green island of trees, fruits and vegetables where kids grow their own lunches and learn where their food comes from. Yahoo News story.
Littlest Locavore: Tips on Home Gardening
Daddy Brad and a few others offers tip on how to grow your own home garden. Growing your own fresh vegetables at home is a great family activity and a wonderful way to include kids in cooking and preparing food. Whether you build a box garden or an herb garden, there are a variety of nutrition and health benefits to eating home grown veggies. YouTube Video.
The Feast Nearby, by Robin Mather
The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week), by Robin Mather (Ten Speed Press 266 pages $27 hardcover) — In one unforgettable week in April 2009, Robin Mather’s husband announced he wanted a divorce and the Chicago Tribune, where she was a food writer, laid her off. Stunned, Mather packed her dog, her parrot and her belongings into her old car and drove to her cottage on a lake in Michigan. The Feast Nearby details the next year of her life, a year devoted to living as well as possible on a freelance writer’s meagre income. Guelph Mercury book review.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Filmmakers Head to the Country, in Several Countries
Despite a clutch of slightly more realistic treatments during the farm-crisis period of the early 1980s (“Country,” the TV movie “Bitter Harvest”), I’ve remained mostly disappointed over the years. So it was with interest and hope that I examined the schedule of independent, heartfelt productions that make up the Rural Route F ilm Festival, running through Sunday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria and the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in Long Island City, both in Queens. New York Times Critic’s Post.