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Ozark Locavore: Resources will help you eat locally

Ozark Locavore: Resources will help you eat locally
Published News-Leader January 12, 2012
By Sandy Clark

One of the original goals of the locavore challenge was to encourage exploration of your local food community. For the next three weeks, we'll offer that connection. If eating local is your resolution in the new year, these resources will help. If you have a resource to share, send us an email. We'll work it into a future installment.

Let's start with communities. Whether you are looking to find local food, encourage local food or grow your own, these resources can help.

Aubree Taylor of Well-Fed Neighbor sent an update announcing that organization's third year. They have really lit a fire under the local food community and make a good place to start. You will find the Well-fed Neighbor at http://wellfedneighbor.ning.com/

» 1,000 Gardens
https://www.facebook.com/pages/1000-Gardens-Project/158414764195405

Encouraging local gardens and volunteerism, the 1,000 Gardens project has been the inspiration for a state-sponsored 10,000 gardens project. You will find an active element of this community on Facebook.

» Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
http://rareseeds.com
2278 Baker Creek Road, Mansfield, MO 65704, phone 417-924-8917

Offers heirloom seeds and fantastic farm festivals, free of genetically modified organisms. Their festivals are worth the drive to Mansfield, with the Spring Festival coming May 6 and 7. You can also look for the book "The Heirloom Life Gardener" from Jere and Emilee Gettle and Meghan Sutherland.

» Carrot Mob Springfield
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CarrotMob-SpringfieldMO/280273362013498

Keep an eye on this one. It turns the idea of boycott on its head, opting for the carrot instead of the stick. It could be a great way to support and encourage local businesses offering local food in the coming year.

» Master Gardeners of Greene County
http://extension.missouri.edu/greene/mastergardeners.aspx
2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417-881-8909, ext. 320

Working through the Missouri Extension, the Master Gardeners offer training-based research and information specific to the local plants and climate

» Springfield Area Herb Society
http://springfieldareaherbsociety.wordpress.com/
P.O. Box 6247, Springfield, MO 65801

Discuss herbs, share recipes, exchange gardening tips and learn about herbs for culinary, medicinal and craft purposes. A BIG 2012 year is planned with nationally and internationally recognized speakers plus a kickoff with an Herbs 101 Q&A class in January.

» Springfield Organic Gardening Club
spfogc@gmail.com

The Springfield Organic Gardening Club will be blooming in 2012. Come discuss organic tips for your garden, seek advice and share and connect with local growers and producers. Starting Feb. 23 through June, the meetings will be on the last Thursday of the month at the Library Center's Meeting Room A at 7 p.m.

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Comment by George Deatz on January 18, 2012 at 3:27pm

Thank you for the additional information. I added it to another blog that I post on www.friendsofthegarden.org

here> http://friendsofthegarden.org/fog-blog/2012/01/13/ozark-locavore-re... 

Comment by Kathy Vimont on January 18, 2012 at 12:52pm

Hi George,

More ideas for local food sources (no matter where you live):

www.eatwild.com    National clearinghouse for all things grass-fed

www.realmilk.com   Arm of the Weston A. Price Foundation -- your source for local dairy foods and other offerings

www.localharvest.org  Locate your local farmers and artisans here.

Support your local farmers -- don't wait for them to get big enough to bring their stuff into SGF. They need your $$ and support to keep going, growing and offering more and more produce, meats, eggs, soaps, etc. Get out of town and go visit them. Help them to help you by keeping your food dollars in our region.

Kathy at Pasture Nectar Farm

Mt. Vernon,  MO

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