Archive: Eat Local Challenge

A Plea for Red, White, Blue -- and Local

Last September, I wrote about Roger Doiron’s grassroots campaign for a White House garden. Now Doiron, who’s based in Scarborough, Maine, is taking his home-grown ideas to another level -- one of stars, stripes and all things patriotic. (Photo courtesy of Foodindependenceday.org) Founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, Doiron has launched (in partnership with IATP Food and Society Fellows and the Mother Nature Network) Food Independence Day, a campaign to make your Fourth of July cookout local and sustainable. Remember last summer’s Eat Local Challenge? The same idea applies: Try sourcing as many of your feast fixins within 100 or 200 miles of where you work or live. In doing so, you’re doing your part to stimulate the local economy, a highly patriotic act, says Doiron. It’s not just the voting public Doiron’s after; he’s circulating an online petition asking for participation from America’s 50 governors, “to lead and eat by...

 

By Kim ODonnel | June 30, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Making Room for Local on the Thanksgiving Menu

(Kim O'Donnel) Remember back in July, when 54 households across America pledged to take the Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge (ELC) for a week? The goal: to incorporate into our diets 10 food items grown or raised within 100 miles of where we live. Over the course of the week, guest bloggers from five corners of the country shared their stories, tips, travails and revelations about eating from their respective food sheds. For some readers, the notion of eating locally for an entire week was daunting. My response to those feeling overwhelmed by food miles: Scrap the notion of a week and do just one day instead. And do it soon, as in nine days from now -- on Thanksgiving Day -- the one day of the year when eating locally is as easy as pie. If there ever was a time and day to see what this eating-local...

 

By Kim ODonnel | November 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (20)

ELC Guest Bloggers: Jon from D.C. and Sheila from Ore.

From July 19 until July 26, 54 households across America participated in the Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge, a week-long adventure of eating food that has been grown or raised within 100 miles of home. Throughout the course of the ELC, we've been featuring local-eating chronicles from guest bloggers around the country; in today's final installment, we hear from two participants on opposite coasts: Jon in the Takoma neighborhood of D.C. and Sheila in Portland, Ore. Finally, I'd like to express my thanks to all of my local eaters, hailing from 15 states (plus D.C.). It was a tremendous first effort, and here's to ELC 2009! Jon Hunter, 31, is policy director for the Endangered Species Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Washington. Originally from Colorado, Hunter lives on the D.C. side of Takoma with a housemate who joined him in the ELC. ELCer Jon Hunter. (Courtesy of Jon Hunter)...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 28, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

ELC Guest Bloggers: Claire from Ala. and Alison from Tex.

Since July 19, 54 households across America have been participating in the Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge, a week-long adventure of eating food that has been grown or raised within 100 miles of home. All week long, we've been featuring ELC chronicles from guest bloggers around the country; today we meet two participants from the south. Claire Crutchley, 48, lives with her husband and 16-year-old daughter in Auburn, Ala., a small college town in the eastern part of the state. She is a professor of finance at Auburn University. The entire Crutchley household has been participating in the ELC. ELC guest blogger Claire Crutchley. (Family photo) All three of us cook; although I signed up for the ELC without first asking my family, we are all enjoying the local fruits and vegetables. I have been trying to eat more local foods for the past few years. I have belonged to...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 24, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

ELC Guest Blogger: Kelly from Mass.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kelly Griffin lives in Westborough, Mass., a small town about 30 miles west of Boston. She works in the neighboring town of Malborough as a data administrator for Hologic, a global women's health care company. This week, while her boyfriend is traveling, Griffin is flying solo as an ELCer, but based on her report, below, it looks like she is eating mighty fine in New England. ELC guest blogger Kelly Griffin. (Family photo) In light of the recent tomato salmonella scare, it was very easy to commit to the Eat Local Challenge. However, for me, there are two big hurdles to eating locally. The first is that I live in the Northeast and we are not blessed with a year-round growing season. The second is that I am the senior data administrator for a women's healthcare company. The kick off for the ELC was smack in the midst of...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 22, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Eat Local Challenge Has Begun!

Monday may be the dawn of a new week for most, but for those participating in the Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge (ELC), it's already Day Three. Since Saturday, July 19, 54 households around the country have pledged to incorporate 10 local food items into their diets for a week-long eating experiment. "Local" in this case means 100 miles from home, wherever home may be. (See the ELC Honor Roll for the geographic distribution of participants.) KOD getting in on the eat-local action, at Arlington Courthouse market. (Farmer Forrest) There are no Eat Local police on the scene issuing demerits for the use of non-local products, nor is anyone going to notice if your local perimeter extends to 150 miles. ELCers need not submit their shopping lists for approval (but they are certainly free to share them in the comments area all week long). Rather, the idea behind the ELC...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 21, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (16)

Road Rules for the Eat Local Challenge

Due to riotous levels of enthusiasm, I am thrilled to announce the first annual Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge! Beginning Saturday, July 19, MA readers across the country will embark on a week-long eating adventure that includes food grown or raised within 100 miles of where they live. For this inaugural adventure, I challenge you to incorporate 10 food items from your local food shed over the course of the week. If you're having trouble figuring out exactly how far away 100 miles is from your hometown, have a look at this handy mapping tool put together by the 100-Mile Diet folks. If you've already e-mailed me, you're now a part of the ELC Honor Roll, which will be updated until July 14. During the week of July 14, I'll select five readers from different parts of the country who are interested in chronicling their ELC adventures. (For those getting...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 7, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eat Local Challenge Honor Roll

This list will be updated daily until July 14. If you'd like to be included, send me an e-mail with your city, state and size of household. In the subject line, please type "ELC." Kristin Adair Arlington, Va. Lisa Austin Washington, D.C. Rebeccah Ballo & Frankie Ali Alexandria, Va. Rebecca Bladen Evanston, Ill. Julia Boyle Annapolis, Md. Tiffany & Tom Bridge Arlington, Va. Emily Carnes Arlington, Va. Beverly Carson Charleston, S.C. Laura Chally Chesapeake, Va. Beth Chaney Baltimore, Md. Justine Christianson Hyattsville, Md. Deb Conrad Ithaca, N.Y. Erin Craig Washington, D.C. Claire Crutchley Auburn, Ala. Leah DeWolf Arlington, Va. Elizabeth Eastwood Arlington, Va. Elizabeth Edwards Arlington, Va. Elena Falls Germantown, Md. Melissa & Andy Friedman New York, N.Y. Ken Garno & Jody Tarallo Syracuse, N.Y. Sara & John Gilliam Lincoln, Neb. Shayne Ginder Rockville, Md. Aly Gniady Arlington, Va. Kelly Griffin Westborough, Mass. Beth Hamilton Germantown, Md. Erin Hare Centre...

 

By Kim ODonnel | July 6, 2008; 11:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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