Food choices matter — and not just to the health of your family. Every day, we vote with our dollars for the food system we want to see in the world.
Here are three things you can do — right now — to help build your local food economy.
- Shop at a farmers’ market: Shopping at a farmers' market means fresh, local produce — and often gives you a chance to chat directly with local farmers to find out how they grow their produce, and the challenges they face.
- Join a CSA: Becoming a member of a local farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program supports small family farmers. CSAs, in particular, provide farmers with income stability they need to get through the season, since members pre-pay for weekly delivery of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Many CSAs offer family-oriented events to help their members connect with the land and with the people that bring food to the table. Check out localharvest.org to find farmers’ markets or CSAs available in your area.
- Plant a garden! It doesn't take a huge plot of land to plant a garden, and you don't have to start with loamy soil or perfect growing weather. A good backyard garden takes a bit of space, some planning and a willingness to dive in and give it a try. You’d be amazed what you can grow in pots on your porch or balcony!
There are plenty of online resources to help get you started! Our friends at Rodale offer a good place to start.