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Earth Week Challenge #1: Eat Locally

Earth Week Challenge #1: Eat LocallyBuying food from the grocery store has its perks — it’s convenient, coupon friendly, and has pretty much everything you need. One thing it does not have, however, is the quality and cleanliness of the meat and produce offered at local sources.

Where Does Your Food Come From?

The average American meal consists of foods that come from five different countries that are doused with chemicals to sustain the freshness. 

Take the Eat Locally Challenge!

Eating locally is a commitment to buying most or all of your food from local sources, which is a step in the right direction to having control over the foods that make it into your body. 

Why Is This Important?

Buying locally helps the environment and your community:

  • Since much of the food you buy at your local grocery store travels from miles away, locally grown food cuts back on carbon emissions and their impact on our climate. 
  • Buying locally also promotes natural soil fertility and water conservation while prohibiting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and synthetic chemicals from making their way into your food and eventually your body. 
  • When you eat locally, you support local growers and your local economy. 

Take Action

Buying locally helps the environment and your community:

1. Start small

Replace your fruits and vegetables with locally grown produce; buy coffee roasted locally.

2. Visit your local farmer's market

Not sure if you have a farmer’s market near you? The USDA offers a national farmer’s market directory that tells you where to find a market near you.

3. Preserve it!

Freeze your summer produce so you can enjoy it year-round.

4. Grow your own

Grow some of your own produce in your garden or greenhouse. Even apartment dwellers can get some good eats from not much space.  

5. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA programs link participants to a specific local farm or group of farms. Participants buy a share in a farm, and in return, get a share of the freshest, best produce the farm has to offer. Check out our University-sponsored CSA program, One Straw Farm!

6. Eat at farm-to-table restaurants

Whether you’re eating in or dining out, you should try to eat locally. Woodberry Kitchen and Waterfront Kitchen are two restaurants in Baltimore that support local agriculture. 

Can You Eat Locally in Celebration of Earth Week?

Send us a picture of one of your daily meals made with local produce along with the name of the farm you’re supporting, and be entered to win a free tree from TreeBaltimore.

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