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Eat local for Lent

N Beck

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The locavore movement is an awesome move towards a more sustainable future. It is a movement that I partake in, but not as much as I could. Thus, for Lent, I'm going to be giving up sourcing my food (as much as possible) from non-local sources. This will prove to be a challenge, especially in the midwest in winter, BUT I love myself a challenge. I also think that it's supremely important to exercise that local muscle as much as possible, ensuring not only high-quality food gets eaten, but also that my dollars go back into the communities that sustain me.

I'd love it if more people would join me for this Lenten challenge (or feel free to just call it a 40-day locavore challenge if not religiously inclined). But, if you're not up to the challenge (for whatever reason! totally understandable!), feel free to follow my St. Louis Locavore adventure with me. I look forward to inciting further discussions around local food in the future! Thanks for reading.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I'm not religious, but I do want to try this as a more regular practice. Thanks for the reminder!

    • N Beck

      Glad this resonated with you Alessandra! Hope the local eating is going well :). I'm not religious either, but find local eating to be a great way of relating to my community and honoring my local food producers.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        It's definitely hard in a city, for sure. I would like to start growing my own stuff. Have you found any helpful how-tos on starting a square foot garden? I'm confined to little space in my apt! I may start going to Good Eggs for local food, but it is a bit pricey!

        • N Beck

          It's true, it can be a challenge! I just did a little googling about found this article by Wired about square-foot gardening that you might find useful: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Build_a_Square_Foot_Garden Additionally, you can try growing stuff in containers -- especially if you have a nice sunny window (south-facing would be the best).

          And yeah, buying local may be a little more expensive, but that usually means it's of a better quality and hasn't traveled as far as other foods and may reflect a more accurate cost (i.e. not subsidized by the government, thus lowering food price). I realize that this can be challenging for those on a tight budget, but I also like spending more of my monthly paycheck on local food because it's something I value. That's just me though! We all have to make our own judgement calls and do what we can :).

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Thanks for the article Nic. I've tried out some local CSA boxes- but I like the idea of a farmer's market more just because I can pick and choose what I want-- and I tend to waste less when I plan what to get.