A locavore is a person who’s committed to eating food that’s produced or grown within their local region or community. Most locavores define local as anything that is within 100 miles of their homes. They also prefer seasonal (rather than hothouse) vegetables and fruits. This is because local fruits and vegetables that are grown out of season in hot houses heated by fossil fuels which contribute to climate change.

The locavore movement and strategy is typically meant to achieve four goals that are interrelated:

  1. healthy diets that are based on the consumption of fresh produce
  2. the support of local agriculture and economies
  3. the support of equitable economic relationships in the agricultural sector
  4. a small carbon footprint, since fresh produce that’s grown locally doesn’t require extensive use of fossil fuel for refrigeration, processing, distribution and transportation

The locavore or “local food” movement is the agricultural face of bioregionalism. Bioregionalism is grounded on the principle that people should learn about and take responsibility for their local waters and lands, mainly live within the means of the local ecological systems, support the local economies and politically organize to promote the sustainability of their community or region.

Reasons For Becoming A Lovacore

Nutrition – Nutritional value of food products declines, often dramatically, as time passes after harvest. Because locally grown and produced food products are fresh, they are more nutritionally complete. It also enables one to cut down on the amount of pesticides and herbicides one’s family consumes. Typically local use less of these poisons than industrial farms use.

Time To Table – Local foods tend to spend less time in transit, making it less likely that the nutrient value has decreased. Often times, produce in farmers markets are harvested less than 24 hours prior to purchase.

Variety – Local organic farmers aren’t limited to the few plant varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high shelf life and yields. By purchasing locally grown and produced food products one is able to add variety to one’s diet.

Taste – Locally grown are normally allowed to ripen naturally on the plant, rather than artificially in a supermarket or truck and are also fresh when purchased from the local markets, as a result they taste better.

Supports the local economy – Buying locally grown and produced food products creates work for local farmers and home industry bakers to the label printers, package designers and even the delivery people. By purchasing locally grown and produced food products one is able to build the local economy.

Promotes food safety – Food products that have been transported over long distances have a higher chance of being contaminated Locally grown foods tend to be safer to eat because they have been exposed to fewer opportunities for contamination.

Conserve energy and reduce pollution – By purchasing foods that grown and produced locally one is able reduce the amount of energy and fossil fuel that is used to transport food products from other agricultural areas that are thousands of miles away. It also enables one to reduce the amount of air pollution that occurs as a result of transporting food products to the consumers.

Hopefully this posts helps you understand what a locavore is, and why we do what we do. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away in the comments.

how to grow kale indoors

Kale is, undoubtedly, one of the “it” super foods of the 21st Century, and for good reason too. Whether curly or flat leaf, or any of the many types of kale, this dark green veggie is renowned for packing an incredibly healthy punch- with the nourishing veggie rich in vitamins C, A, folate, as well as numerous minerals including calcium, copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, and more. In addition, kale also contains a decent amount of protein and fiber- all wrapped up in package weighing in at a little over 33 calories per cup.

However, kale is outstanding nutritionally with its abundant heaping of vitamin K (derived from the German term for coagulation). This little appreciated vitamin plays a vital role in the clotting of blood and goes a long way in warding off coronary heart disease and osteoporosis. It is thus little wonder that kale is today so widely available in major grocery stores- with sales reportedly increasing by an impressive 400% since 2008.

Growing kale at home

Growing kale indoors is not as difficult as it may appear and in fact, one does not need a lot of gardening experience to pull it off. Moreover, little investment in supplies is required. Therefore, if you are tired of buying veggies that are sprayed with pesticides from your local grocery store, then it is time to learn how to grow your own kale indoors. Below, we take a look at 7 steps towards realizing this as follows:

1. Purchasing seeds

Before you get things underway, you require some seeds, and preferably those of high quality that came from organic kale. You should be able to source these from the internet as you are unlikely to find them in most stores.

2. Obtain medium-sized pots

It is advisable to grow the kale in medium-sized pots. This is because even though the sprouts may not require much room, medium-sized pots ensure that you will not have to transfer the veggies to another pot later. Ensure that you obtain enough pots to hold all the kale that you intend to grow.

3. Purchase potting soil

Head to your local gardening store and pick up potting soil necessary to grow your kale in. While the highest quality of soil is recommended, a good grade should suffice for quality yields.

4. Obtain a mineral mix

Most plant nutrition content emanates from nutrient-rich soil. And since it is difficult to mimic real soil, using a mineral mix addresses the deficiencies. Therefore, make it a point to purchase some mineral mix for your soil either from the internet or from your local grocery store.

5. Purchase a light source (preferably LED)

Throughout the growing process, you need to supply direct light to your kale. And while you may be able to use natural sunlight for this, it may not be good enough during the winter months. It is thus advisable to invest in artificial light with LED lighting being the most energy efficient.

6. Setting up a timer

Plants are quite sensitive during the growing process hence the reason why you need to set up a timer for your kale. Too little light is no good while too much is no good either. The goal is to mimic natural sunlight by providing the kale with at least 12 hours of lighting.

7. Watering the kale

You can water your growing kale in a variety of ways- the easiest being the old fashioned way with no fancy setup required. Simply use a bottle and pour water in the pots ensuring that you keep the soil moist, but being careful not to over-do it. It is also advisable to allow the soil to dry every so often.

Once you’ve harvested your first batch of kale, you can use it to cook one of the many easy kale recipes for a healthy snack or meal.