Would you like to join the ’30 day local food challenge’ this September 2019? It’s a  great way to eat tasty, fresh food; support local food producers and raise awareness about community resilience, climate change and food miles? The challenge includes all food/ingredients grown on island of Ireland. We are aiming for 100% but that can be really tough, so you are invited to join and in and do what you can do! Drink is excluded form the challenge as its too anti-social! This year lots of people are joining the challenge. We have a Facebook community group to share ideas, menus and the ups and downs of eating local from the island of Ireland…From the 1st-30th September 2019.

Participant Feedback:

“I learned so much by doing the local food challenge and was shocked at how little fruit and veg we are actually growing in Ireland. I always thought we were such a ‘green’ country but now I realise that is because we grow so much grass for the dairy and beef sectors”.

“I  didn’t know that Suicra is no longer an Irish owned business and that we no longer produce sugar here in Ireland. That was the hardest thing, giving up sugar”.

“Where are all the vegetables? I drive an hour to work every day and see no food growing in our fields. All this talk about Brexit yet we are doing very little to make ourselves more self sufficient. Why are we importing so much food when we have the rain and soil to grow so much? I just can’t understand it.”

“My children are ‘striking’ for climate change in school and have turned vegan to help save the planet. I feel we as adults are letting them down by keeping our heads in the sand about climate change’

“I love being part of the 30 day local food challenge. It helps me to focus my mind in early spring. If I want to eat fresh, homegrown food in September I need to start  preparing in March”

For more information check out my new book The Local Food Project or this Irish Times Feature Article on the 30 Day Local Food Project.

Join the 30 Day Local Food Challenge Facebook Group

 

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