Support Local, Sustainable Food Growers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:26am

In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.

There are several advantages to buying locally grown food. It has better flavor because local farmers can plant varieties based on taste and nutritional value rather than long shelf life. You’ll be supporting your local economy and reducing your carbon footprint, since food grown in your community doesn’t have to travel far. You can also find out how farmers grow their crops and raise their livestock to ensure your family is eating food free of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and hormones.

Support your local food growers by buying produce and other products through farmers markets or community supported agriculture (CSA). CSAs allow farmers to connect with customers directly by offering them memberships to their farm. In return, customers receive boxes of seasonal produce or other farm products throughout the year. To learn more about CSAs and to find a farmers market close to you, visit www.localharvest.org.

To learn more about Dr. Goodall’s new book, please visit the “Seeds of Hope” page at www.janegoodall.org/seedsofhope. Have you missed some of our earlier blog posts? Don’t worry, see all of them below!

 

 
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