Here are some websites that might inspire you:
GardenShare is a non-profit organization working to end hunger in northern New York State, a region called the North Country. GardenShare works to build a North Country where all of us have enough to eat and enough to share—where our food choices are healthy for us, for our communities, and for the environment.
This is a group of concerned culinary adventurers who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for an entire month. They recognize that the choices they make about what foods they choose to eat are important politically, environmentally, economically, and healthfully. In 2005, Locavores challenged people from the bay area (and all over the world) to eat within a 100 mile radius of their home for the month of August.
In 2007 they extended that challenge to the month of September. They encouraged folks to try canning and preserving food for the wintertime. To find out more visit their website at: http://www.locavores.com/
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles—call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since then, James and Alisa have gotten up-close-and-personal with issues ranging from the family-farm crisis to the environmental value of organic pears shipped across the globe. They’ve reconsidered vegetarianism and sunk their hands into community gardening. They’ve eaten a lot of potatoes.
Their 100-Mile Diet struck a deeper chord than anyone could have predicted. Within weeks, reprints of their blog had appeared on sites across the internet. Then came the media, from BBC Worldwide to Utne magazine. Dozens of individuals and grassroots groups have since launched their own 100-Mile Diet adventures. The need now is clear: a locus where 100-milers can get the information they need to try their own lifestyle experiments, and to exchange ideas and develop campaigns. That locus will be here at 100MileDiet.org—turning an idea into a movement. To find out more check out their website at: http://www.ecolife.com/health-food/eating-local/100-mile-diet.html
Where does your food come from? This site is packed full of information about local food, buying local and resources to help educators, farmers and community members talk about buying local and why it is important to them. Take the challenge and pledge to spend $10/week or more on locally grown or raised products. Your impact on your local economy will be more than you can image! Explore their website to discover more at: http://foodroutes.org/
The Harvest Eating Community Celebrates the enjoyment of seasonal, organic, local food. Learn about their benefits and where to find them, then enjoy a full video database highlighting easy-to-follow recipes designed to make you look like a star in the kitchen! Visit www.harvesteating.com to start your culinary adventure today!
Last updated June 16, 2023