Monday, March 16, 2009

Eating Local

I purchased my 2009 CSA subscription this past week and then ran across a couple of links that showed me that other people are thinking about local sources of food.

First off is Outstanding in the Field, which explores the connection between the earth under your feet and the food on your table, while serving al fresco dinners in farm fields, and other earthy locations. Take a long, lazy look around the web site -- it's a charming and ambitious idea!

I also read about food and freedom over at Front Porch Republic. Living downtown, with a classic city-sized, postage-stamp lawn, I don't have the resources to grow my own food. The next best thing, I think, is to support local farmers, so that there are local farms, using local land and expertise -- keeping those resources, well... LOCAL.

It would be nice if there were more local land dedicated to farming, and more people engaged in the process, but, of course, that would happen if more people became involved in taking advantage of local food sources. Have you visited a farm in your area? Looked into getting a CSA subscription? Shopped at your local farmers' market? If so, good for you! You're supporting the home team! ;-)

4 comments:

tut-tut said...

we are lucky enough to have a 3 x 25 foot plot at the community garden here this year. CSA just got too much of a big chunk of money to lay out all at once. This is not a good year financially so we are glad of the opportunity to grow our own veg.

fletch said...

You might be surprised what you could grow in a very small area. I have a book Square-Foot Gardening that illustrates how to garden a 4x4 plot. The only tools you need are a trowel and your hands. You can't feed a family with it but you can supplement your meals with home-grown veggies, plus it's fun and educational. (Unfortunately, I've never even had a 4x4 plot to put the book to use).

alice said...

tut, the community garden is something I've always wanted to try. There's some discussion here in the neighborhood about getting one organized -- that is, if we can come up with the land...



fletch, I looked up the book (is the quthor named Bartholomew?) and it offers some intriguing possibilities. And I gather it suggests growing above ground, which would solve another problem I have: gardening in the back yard would mean that I'd be growing my food in the dog's toilet.

fletch said...

Yes that is the author. The book is back in TN so I don't have it with me here in FL. I believe it's raised beds so it's not directly on the ground. You might also look into hydroponics which is soilless, indoor gardening with lights. Now I'm wanting to get started.