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Eat Local! Tools to help you grow your own food and build a sustainable food movement in your own community

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Pear Tree

Hello my fellow rabble rousers,

We are now arriving at the end the rabble Eat Local! Food challenge! There have been so many exciting new pieces added to the site this week, from H.G. Watson's Drink local: What you can learn about sustainable consumption from boozehounds to Eating local and the Local Food Act: It's more than semantics, but it is also worth remembering that here in the Lynn Williams Activist Toolkit archives there are a number of articles that can help you with your quest to transform your diet to make sure that you can enjoy your meals knowing that you are nourishing yourself and the planet. My top five favourite how-to guides from our archive are about how you can get involved in the local and sustainable food movement in the long term.

1) A guide to conducting your own food sovereignty assessment. Once you know where you and your community rate in terms of food sovereignty you can begin the process of changing things for the better in a more focused way.

2) A guide to creating your own window farm. Many of us live in urban areas and don't have access to land to plant our own herbs and vegetables. This guide will give you clear and helpful instructions that will enable you to put any sunny window in your living space to good use!

3) Following on the heels of the guide to window farming we have a guide to guerilla gardening. Those of us without backyards and with a penchant for direct action can make any open land in the city our garden. 

4) A guide to starting your own fruit tree project. In urban areas there often fruit trees that have been planted for ornamental purposes. Trees that produced beautiful blossoms in the spring later produce fruit and far too much of it goes to waste. With the help of this guide you can create your own fruit tree project and harvest the bounty of the city. As a side note my beloved sister has been taking part in an urban fruit tree project in Toronto and for my birthday she made me the loveliest cardamom pear cake made with fruit that she had picked through the excellent Not Far From the Tree. It was excellent and the very definition of local produce!

5) And the last is a guide to hosting your own seed swap. Saving seeds and swapping them with people in your community is an excellent way both to diversify your garden plot by bringing in heritage seeds and varieties and to help you to grow a community of like-minded people who are just as excited about building a local and sustainable food culture!

In addition, you may have noticed that I have posted a new Lynn Williams Activist Toolkit Podcast. Keeping on theme, I have an interview with James Partanen, the cannery co-ordinator at The West End Food Co-Op. Give it a listen!

Salut! And A la prochaine mes amis!

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