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9 Reasons to Join the Local Food Challenge

August 15, 2013

The Local Food Challenge is starting this Sunday, and we wouldn’t want you to miss it. We know that a lot of you are still wondering whether or not to join it, so we’ve made a list of 10 reasons why you should join.

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1. Discover local food.

Now is the time to try out all the things you haven’t eaten before. Never had kohlrabi before? Try it now! Or how about that amazing local restaurant with 100-mile diet dishes? Do it! Hmmm…maybe some beverages for the weekend?

2. Eat healthy and tasty food!

Local food is fresher and healthier as it travels a shorter distance to your plate, before most of the nutrients are gone. Fresh produce that are bred for taste and not bred for industrial packaging and shipping are tastier.

3. Go green, save the environment.

With food sourced close to your community, you reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the energy and emissions that come with transporting produce thousands of miles. In addition, your local organic farmer uses fertilizers that can store lots of carbon in the soil, thus mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Know what you’re eating.

I’m sure that you know that you are eating “lettuce” or “apple”, but I’m talking about knowing who grew your food, and how it was produced. When you eat local and buy at a farmers market, you get to know your farmer. They’ll be able to tell you that they use organic fertilizers and grow your food with love and care without use of harmful chemicals.

5. Spread the word about local food.

If you are already sold on the idea of local food, then joining the challenge is the best way to spread the word! Tell people that you’re doing it or that you’re supporting it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, in person, on the phone, via email, etc.

6. Feel a sense of community.

When you eat local, you are part of a vibrant and strong community. At farmers markets, you’ll be able to develop a relationship with the people that grow your food. At community gardens, you’ll get to participate in farming with other members of our community. In our program, chefs, nutritionists, and other volunteers bond with kids over planting vegetables and eating them. And if you participate in this challenge, be assured that we’re with you all the way with tips, resources, and support!

7. Gain respect and win brownie points.

As a Local Food Challenge participant or supporter, you’re sending a message that you value and appreciate local food, and that you want to spread that message. If you’re going to eat local for a week, you’ll be able to win friends and influence people to do good!

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8. Inspire and teach the next generations.

The cute kids above get to learn about eating healthy and local due to your support. Inspire the next generations to build sustainable food systems. All funds raised go straight towards our Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program, so we can teach even more kids to grown and cook their own food!

9. Celebrate with us!

After successfully completing a challenge, a celebration is always in order. Come celebrate with us on August 24th at the Trout Lake Farmers Market at The Juice Truck‘s Lemonade Stand. We’ll have prizes to give out, activities to do, and lemonades on hand for a refreshing and healthy finish, so be there or be square!

So what are you waiting for? Join the challenge, pledge a participant, or donate to us now!

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