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/
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.
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
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
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
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
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.