Eat local and native. Choosing foods grown close to home and in-season means fewer miles and less disruption of natural cycles
Buying directly from local farmers provides an opportunity of carbon footprint reduction in several ways. First minimal to no packaging is used. Shopping for locally grown food means far less transportation and fuel consumption. This market approach also reduces greatly the energy used for processing and storing of food.
Farmer’s markets have grown in popularity as they provide a shopping experience where the focus of food is on quality and farming practices. Shopping in this way can ensure that farmers can make a living off sustainably grown food.
A step removed from the farmer’s market experience, is community supported agriculture or CSA. Though it can vary in practice from farm to farm, the overall concept is that patrons support a farm through the growing season in a form a membership and the farm provides its produce to the members. It’s a shared risk/reward approach that affords a farm greater financial stability from year to year.
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