Here's what I'm doing personally:(1) Jordan and I are excited to have officially joined our first CSA (Community Shared Agriculture)! What this means is that we will be receiving a box of organic produce weekly May through October from Riverstone Organic Farm based out of Floyd, VA.
|The owners were kind enough to let us just "pop in" one Friday afternoon and check the place out.|
|This was early March, so all the plants were still in the greenhouses.|
|New post-run activity: playing with dirt :)|
|For now we planted bok choi, broccoli and lettuce-- all sourced from local farms. Hopefully more to come.|
And as a dietitian:(4) At work, we will now have a weekly farmers market for the independent living residents and employees to come and buy local produce (starting in May). They too can choose to buy a CSA if interested. One of the cafes at our wellness center will be building their menu around these locally grown/sourced foods. Finally, we are starting a garden club for the nursing home residents to participate in and grow some produce on-site. My goal is to use the club to teach them more about sustainable agriculture-- after all, you're never too old to learn.
(5) I am joining the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group through my professional organization with and will be contributing a few articles to their quarterly newsletter. Hopefully that's just the beginning :)
This Earth Day, I hope you will take time not only to celebrate our Earth and its bountiful resources, but also to reflect on what you can do personally to help sustain it.