Monday, December 11, 2006

EAT Local

At last week's Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission meeting (I am one of two city reps, along with Planning Commissioner Jason Pearson) we had a presentation on EAT Local. This organization stemmed from a Spring 2006 UVa class "Planning for a Sustainable and Secure Community Food System" taught by Tonya Denckla Cobb and Tim Beatley. EAT Local Workgroups include Urban Community Supported Agriculture, Farm to School, Composting and a Local Food Directory. There are plans for a statewide conference on the Local Foods movement this spring, in Charlottesville.

EAT Local is meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday Dec 13, 6 pm, at the new Albemarle County Office Building), followed by the film The Future of Food at 7pm ($5 donation, to support the co-sponsoring organization, One Seed at a Time).

This is a timely event. Last week there was a city meeting on our very successful Saturday market, to address vendor issues and make this venue for local agriculture even more successful. Having this be an issue for the planning district is important. Supporting local agriculture is essential to dealing with global warming and energy issues - does it really make sense to import food from thousands of miles away?


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