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Locavore

A locavore gives precedence to food that's locally grown. In many cases this leads the locavore to know who grows his or her food. It's a simple concept and perhaps no other word more accurately living in a local food movement. — Douglas Gayeton

Jessica Prentice created the term “Locavore” in 2005. According to her, the term refers to, “A person who bases their diet on foods that are grown or produced in the geographic region where they live, are in touch with the seasonality of their food systems, and seek to cultivate relationships with local producers and processors. Locavores also have some kind of hands on interaction with their food (cooking, gardens, baking, fermenting) either domestically or professionally.” In this edition of Food List, we get to the roots of being a locavore.

Why eat local? Where do we begin. Locally produced foods are our connection to our land, our community, and our culture. By understanding our local food systems, we are able to understand what our communities thrive from and how.

Eating locally produced food can be fun, easy, inexpensive, and tasty! And to boot, eating locally allows you an opportunity to meet your farmer, face to face. As some point out, face certification after meeting your local farmer is more valuable than any other certification. It creates a relationship with the source of our food. And an appreciate for the people who have the skills and patience to nurture this relationship. How do you connect with your local food system?

This week's terms

Locavore

"A person who bases their diet on foods that are grown or produced in the geographic region where they live, are in touch with the seasonality of their food systems, and seek to cultivate relationships with local producers and processors." -Jessica Prentice

Relocalize

The act of revitalizing a community by favoring local food, goods, and people over items produced elsewhere.

Know Your Farmer

Food is propagated and made by people. The choices these people make — their production methods, their labor practices, the ingredients they use — define their own value systems. When you buy food, you’re buying these values. Their values.

Forage

Foraging is the art of finding and enjoying wild food. It is the ability to survey a large area of land and find the treasures it has to offer.

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