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Building a Just and Sustainable World   April 2009

Buy dinner fresh from a roadside stand. Get the kids involved. Boys shucking corn: Photo by Leslie M. Friend
8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement
Looking for a way out of the supermarket? YES! has harvested eight things you can do to join the local food revolution.


Images from 8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement. Includes photos by Liz Deane, Patrick Barber
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From Lawn to Lunch
Ann Lovejoy explains how to convert your lawn to a lunch box.  READ ON …

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Eat Your Vegetables
Follow food columnist Michael Pollan’s simple rule: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”spacer  FIND OUT MORE …

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Party with Your Preserves
You’ll be amazed by what can be preserved from the season’s bounty. Food Routes has five tips to get you started.  READ ON …

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Glean Those Fields Clean
A lot of perfectly good food is left to rot in fields and under trees. With a bit of work, your group can “glean” free produce and provide fresh, nutritious food to your community.  HERE'S HOW …

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Shop Outside of Supermarkets
Discover the ways you can find local food sources in your area.  
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Start a Community Garden
Start with a meeting (better yet, a potluck) to decide what kind of garden you want, where to put it, and how to manage plots.  READ MORE …

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Plant a Row for the Hungry
As unemployment rises, more people are wondering how they will put food on the table. Learn how you can boost food security at home … and in your community.  READ MORE …

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The best antidote to fast-food culture is as close as your table. Invite friends and a few strangers to a local-foods potluck.  READ MORE …


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Follow her blog to see how she fares—and what she finds out …
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