I spent the whole day today – and I mean the WHOLE day – sitting in front of my computer watching a webinar all about sustainable food; the current food system in the US, the problems, the solutions, the people involved in small and not so small ways. I was totally inspired. One huge plus was the ongoing chat with over 100 people through Facebook. There are a lot of people in this country striving every day to put locally grown, healthy REAL food back on our tables and in our kids’ school lunches.
I must say I’m pretty brain dead from all the information, but I took some great notes and have lots of websites to visit. I was proud to be able to tell my chat friends about the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Its been a model for other states in setting up distribution systems that connect farmers with consumers. We have over 3000 members now and it continues to grow every month.
From what I read, the whole conference should be available on the TED livestream site in about a month. Write it on your calendars and take a look if you’re even remotely interested in local food production – I’m going to go plan my garden for this year! There may still be snow on the ground, but I can almost taste that organically grown tomato from my backyard, the sweet cantalopes and the crunchy okra!
Our Regional Food Bank has what is called Plant-a-Row, where individual gardeners can donate fresh produce to partner food pantries in their area. I’ve signed up and can’t wait to help feed the hungry in my community with healthy veggies. Go online and see if there is a program like this in your area. We who are blessed with the space to grow food should pass that blessing along!
Have a great weekend everyone.