The Transition Movement aims to prepare communities for a time when oil supplies may run out. Our current lifestyle – driving to supermarkets to buy food grown 100s or even 1000s of miles away will not be sustainable. This is an experiment to see if we can eat locally for a week starting on Saturday 21st August, and gives us a wonderful opportunity to support our local food suppliers and celebrate local food in all its forms.
1) What does eating local food mean to you?
You could try
- Not driving to an out-of-town supermarket – buy from local shops or farmers’ markets and use your local supermarket e.g. the Co-op
- Growing something to eat – even a windowsill could be used to grow lettuces or herbs
- Organising a ‘food swap’ with friends and neighbours – swap your lettuces for potatoes, eggs, honey… Do you know anyone who keep hens or bees or who has an allotment and might join in?
- Foraging for wild foods e.g. blackberries
2) How local is local?
Are you able to find out where your food was grown / produced? Some local shops will be very happy to discuss this with you.
Did you manage to find food grown / produced in:
- The South West
3) Did you have any problems with this challenge?
These could include:
- Difficulties sourcing or giving up specific items e.g.
- Particular dietary needs
- Tea, coffee
- Rice, pasta
4) What can we each do next as Transition group members, to increase local resilience?
Thank you for joining us in this experiment!
You can also download a copy of the Eat for Devon poster. Perhaps you could display one in your window?