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Buying Locally Grown Foods Help the Environment

The average dinner travels approximately 1,500 miles. A food mile is the distance food travels from where it’s grown or raised to where it’s ultimately purchased by the consumer or end-user. By eating locally grown foods, it reduces the total carbon footprint of what it takes to get the food on the table. 


Here are some ideas to reduce your impact on the environment and support local businesses and farms at the same time:

  • Buy local from New York Farmers: Often we just want to pick our own fruits and vegetables. There are many farms around the tri-state area that provide an opportunity for individuals and families to pick fresh produce. View a list of Pick-Your-Own Farms Across New York.
  • Individuals and families may want to go a step further and subscribe to a regular distribute of fruits and vegetables from a local Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Here are the basics: A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. 
  • Get Fit Eat Well NYC  Initiative: We  promote the products, culture, and communities that cal New York home. 

Ways to Contribute

  • Calendar – Develop a detailed calendar of activities, committee meetings, fundraising efforts, work projects, and special events for the entire year and use that in your public relations efforts.
  • Publicity – Develop a plan for publicizing your garden to a broad audience. Compile a media list with contact information for local newspapers and radio and TV stations. Talk with reporters, send press releases, and invite the media to special events.
  • Promotion – Create a brochure or project folder that describes your project and provides interested supporters with information on how they can contribute.
  • Documentation – Have students create a scrapbook that includes news articles, color photos of kids working in the garden, letters of support, and dreams for the future. Display this scrapbook at public gatherings, school open houses, library exhibits, and county fairs.
  • Mailing list – Start building a mailing list or e-mail list of business people, parents, teachers, administrators, garden volunteers, community leaders, local nonprofit organizations, city and town officials, and legislators who support arts, education, and environmental programs for kids. Keep the members of this list informed about the gardening program, and ask them for help when needed.

Newsletter – Publish a newsletter about your program. Include a section listing and thanking sponsors and contributors. Make your goals, mission, and wish list known to readers. Network. Cultivate community partnerships with local garden clubs, 4-H clubs, Master Gardeners, scouting groups, service organizations, businesses, and conservation organizations.

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