Take the Local Food Pledge! Have 10% of your diet come from local sources. Here are some tips on how to help shift your global diet to a local one:
- Patronize restaurants and grocers that source locally: shop at the Great Basin Community Food Coop for vegetables, meat, and seed from local growers and ranchers, and learn about their local food distribution center at www.greatbasinfood.coop.
- Shop at local farmers markets: purchase farm-fresh foods from Nevada farmers or farmers on this side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn about local farmers at www.NevadaGrown.com.
- Join a CSA (community supported agriculture): subscribe to a weekly local food basket such as Great Basin Basket CSA or River School Farm CSA (www.riverschool.info).
- Check food labels: buy products that come from the nearest source. A local foodshed map is available online, www.greatbasinfood.coop/about-us/local-foodshed-map/.
- Learn to grow some of your own food: start small, grow as herbs outside your kitchen door. Many local nurseries and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension hold workshops to teach you what you need to know to have a successful high desert garden. Visit www.growyourownnevada.com for a schedule of upcoming classes.
- Partner with neighbors: create a neighborhood community garden!
- Eat what’s in season: purchase produce that has not traveled as far as out-of-season produce must go.
For more information, contact the Local Food Network.
Special thanks to Jana Vanderhaar and Heidi Kratsch for updating this article (originally published in Edible-Reno Tahoe Magazine) with new web links and allowing us to republish it here.