1603427996 More and more people are seeking out local food, and Reclaiming Our Food tells the stories of more than 50 groups across North America who are finding new ways to provide local food for their communities. For example, Growing Gardens, in Oregon, installs home gardens for low-income families and hosts follow-up workshops for the owners. Lynchburg Grows, in Virginia, bought an abandoned urban greenhouse business and turned it into an organic farm that employs people with disabilities and sells its food through a local farmers? market and a CSA. And Sunburst Trout Farm, a small family business in North Carolina, is showing that it?s possible to raise fish sustainably and sell to a local market. Photo essays by acclaimed photographer Jason Houston bring the local food movement to life in unforgettable images. This practical handbook will empower and inspire community activists and planners, schools, small farmers, and everyone who wants to increase their community?s access to food that doesn?t arrive on a train, plane, or cargo ship.
Winner of the Nautilus 2012 Gold Award for Green Living, given to books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change; stimulate the imagination; and offer new possibilities for a better life and a better world.Named by "Booklist" as one of the top 10 books on the environment in 2012."Reclaiming Our Food" tells the stories of people across the United States who are finding new ways to grow, process, and distribute food for their own communities. Their successes offer both inspiration and practical advice."Reclaiming Our Food "is a practical guide for building a local food system. Where others have made the case for the local food movement, "Reclaiming Our Food "shows how communities are actually making it happen. This book offers a wealth of information on how to make local food a practical and affordable part of everyone's daily fare.
The projects described in this book are cropping up everywhere, from urban lots to rural communities and everywhere in between. In Portland, Oregon, an organization called Growing Gardens installs home gardens for low-income families and hosts follow-up workshops for the owners. Lynchburg Grows, in Lynchburg, Virginia, bought an abandoned 6.5-acre urban greenhouse business and turned it into an organic farm that offers jobs to people with disabilities and sells its food through a local farmers' market and a CSA. Sunburst Trout Farm, a small family business in rural North Carolina, is showing that it's possible to raise fish sustainably and sell to a local market. And in Asheville, North Carolina, Growing Minds is finding ways to help bring fresh foods into schools. Author Tanya Denckla Cobb offers lessons and advice straight from innovative food leaders of more than 50 food projects across the United States. Photographic essays of 11 community food projects, by acclaimed photographer Jason Houston,