Locavore Lite 2010

About Locavore Lite 2010

Locavore Lite 2010 is a fresh, fun, healthy, Ventura County-based, local-food project which welcomes participants from our County and from around the world. The project is designed to increase public awareness of the importance and availability of local farm produce, by encouraging residents to involve themselves in their local food system. A major objective of the project is to reduce global warning.

A locavore is a person who eats food that is grown or raised locally. The term Locavore Lite suggests a form of local eating that is so easy, that anyone can do it. If you have an interest in delicious food, health, farming, the environment, the local economy, quality of life, climate change, or food safety; then you will want to participate with your friends and family in Locavore Lite 2010.

Official Ground Rules for Participation in Locavore Lite 2010
1)    at any time during the year, give some consideration to where your non-local foods come from,
2)    a minimum of 12 times in 2010, do one, or any combination of the following: a) shop at a farmers’ market, b) receive produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmer, c) harvest food from a local farm, garden or yard,
3)    eat at least 3 all-local-food meals during 2010.

Why sign up to participate in Locavore Lite 2010? I already do most of this.

One goal of Locavore Lite 2010 is to harness the power of thousands of people in Ventura County, and millions of people around the world, who recognize the importance of local food, by creating visible and shared connections between these people, and by promoting community actions that expand awareness and cooperation toward the growing of our local-food networks. Please sign up and do this project with your family, friends and community so that your efforts add strength and momentum to the growing tide of awareness and action that are resulting in greater access to safe, healthy and attractive food! Your action changes our world!

How to Sign Up to Participate
Sign up by going to http://locavorelite2010.webs.com and following the 3 quick and easy steps.

Connection, Community, and Conversation
You can expand your connection with Locavore Lite 2010 and local food at any one of the following four websites:
1)    on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Locavore-Lite-2010/180619179086 ,
2)    on our blog http://locavorelite2010.blogspot.com - become a follower,
3)    at Life Event Networks at: http://lifeeventnet.com/event/400 to join with residents of Ventura County, or  http://lifeeventnet.com/event/414 to create a Locavore Lite Life Event for another community,
4)    at Eat Local One Year http://www.eatlocaloneyear.com , register to use the forum.

Locavore Lite 2010 is an outgrowth of the Ventura County-based 2009 local-food project, Eat Local One Year (www.EatLocalOneYear.com). While Eat Local One Year was designed to explore a hardcore form of local eating (food from within 100 miles) for an entire year, Locavore Lite is designed to be easy to do, while still being of great benefit to the local environment, economy, and communities. When Eat Local One Year was launched on January 1, 2009, only 21 individuals had been found in Ventura County who felt that they could commit to the strict form of local eating that the program called for. Locavore Lite can be done by virtually anyone.

Please help us spread the word; tell your Facebook friends, e-mail everyone, write letters to the editor of your newspaper, and share the idea with everyone you know.

To our collective health,
Kristofer and Joanne Young
Co-founders Locavore Lite 2010 & Eat Local One Year

Ground Rule Explanations
1)    a parent may make the commitment for participation for a minor,
2)    with the exception of salt, all ingredients in your “all-local-food meals” must be grown within 100 miles of your home,
3)    all-local-food meals can be easily accomplished by participating in an all-local-food potluck, or purchasing an all-local-food meal at a restaurant such as Main Course California - http://www.maincoursecalifornia.com  or The Sidecar Restaurant - http://www.thesidecarrestaurant.com or Bonano’s Fine Peruvian Cuisine - http://www.bonanos.com
4)    for those for whom shopping at a farmers’ market is too expensive, it is important to know that any purchase at a farmers’ market counts as shopping. One might buy a single apple.