There are many options to consider when choosing your food. Is it organic? Is it locally produced? Is it in season? Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is a good choice for you—and the planet. As a consumer, we encourage you to “vote with your dollars” when making food choices, during the EcoChallenge and in the future.
Pick from the list below to create your personal plan to fulfill your EcoChallenge.
For my EcoChallenge action(s), I will:
- Eat only food that has been raised and cultivated within a hundred mile radius of where I live. (To find your own 100-Mile radius, see http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm – Use “Options” located below the map)
- Source food for office meetings and events from local producers
- Join a CSA
- Limit my meat eating to twice per week (if I eat meat)
- Cut back food waste – Look here for tips.
- Buy in bulk bringing my own containers (eg. wash and re-use plastic and paper bags, jars, bottles for coffee, peanut butter, honey, tamari, walnuts, spices, etc.)
- Start composting. (If you are interested in worm composting, Pat McGovern may be able to supply you with free red wiggler worms.)
- When eating out, ask where the restaurant sources their ingredients–choose and encourage local and organic options
- Become involved in a local group/campaign, such as an effort to provide sustainable food in school cafeterias or local seed savers group.
- Organize a NWEI discussion course such as Menu For The Future or Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability and invite friends, neighbors or coworkers to join a new discussion group (Contact Barbara.Duncan(at)valley.net for more info)
- Watch a documentary film about food with friends and get them involved in sustainable eating (some suggestions include: Food Inc., The Future of Food, Supersize Me, and King Corn) See State of the World archive for films available on inter-library loan.)
- Other challenge (of my choosing)
- Vital Communities database for locating farmers markets, farms, and sustainable food near you.
- Upper Valley Localvores web site with recipes, meal ideas, local sources, blog, etc.
- Guide to certifications: find out what organic, fair trade, etc. mean
- Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan
- Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine
- Edible Green Mountains magazine