Our own Nancy Ging got a nice write up in the KPLU Radio blog for her promotion via her blog and weekly column in the Bellingham Herald of the locavore movement. A locavore is someone who makes the decision to eat food produced in the local area, in Nancy’s case—Whatcom County. If you follow her blog posts you will learn who the local producers of food are in the county and how to prepare this food deliciously.
It’s important that we move towards a local economy. If the economy takes a bigger dump, if the trucks quit rolling down the freeway, we will have to utilize local food sources and develop new ones.
Why not follow Nancy’s lead and begin now by trying to source your food locally? We can’t grow everything we need in our backyard gardens. Fortunately, Whatcom County is a rich agricultural area with a vibrant Farmer’s Market and many farmstands offering the complete gamut of locally produced food. Additionally, we are also blessed with an abundant supply of wild foods which we need to learn more about (some comments on Jennifer Hahn’s Pacific Feast coming soon to this blog).
Local food initiatives are spring up all over the country. A filmmaker in Colorado has made a film called Locavore which looks like it will be interesting. Watch the trailer.
On Orcas Island a new group called Orcas Food Masters has an innovative concept to build interest in gardening and local foods:
“I want to help other people in the community, my friends, my family to grow more of their own food so we can have a thriving local food system,” said coordinator Learner Limbach, a 10-year Orcas resident and landscaper who raises goats, chickens and sheep on leased land. “The premise of FoodMasters is that we feel there’s a new economy emerging that’s based on local production and exchange of goods and services,” he said. “Food is the foundation of that new economy…. Right now we don’t have the local production to support everybody buying local.”
The food master concept is one we all need to think about and talk about some more with the goal of making a local economy a reality.