Local food takes many villages

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The push for more local food is nothing new, but just as urgent as ever. 

We've reported on creative CSA programs and homesteaders and the NSA model for years now, and sustainability advocates continue to brainstorm new initiatives to create momentum.

The latest comes from the Green Cities Coalition, who're seeking volunteers across the city to represent individual "villages." Here's a release from them that explains it all:

Do you have a backyard garden? Got chickens? Do you cook and try to choose locally produced food whenever possible? If so, you might be a great candidate as a “Local Food Ambassador.”

The Local Food Working Group of the Green Cities Coalition is developing tactical plans to achieve tangible local-food shift in the region. We’d like to imagine El Paso County broken down into neighborhood-size chunks we’re calling “villages.” These villages would need to develop their own capacities to produce food.

One ready-made way to identify village-size areas is to map the region’s elementary school attendance boundaries. The school districts have already done the work of drawing lines to create neighborhoods of relatively equal size. Each village already has at least one institutional hub – a school. Many schools have parks, gardens and kitchens.

There are approximately 90 elementary schools in El Paso County. We are now looking for ambassadors or mentors willing to represent and serve their village in the cause of increasing food production and access. The first gathering of committed and prospective ambassadors will be 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Colorado College’s Worner Center. To RSVP or get more information, email Steve at sustain719@gmail.com.

Ok, nobody's actually pushing for a cake place as part of a local food network, but this pic kinda gives a visual on how disparate parts of a city may be viewed, symbolically. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Ok, nobody's actually pushing for a cake place as part of a local food network, but this pic kinda gives a visual on how disparate parts of a city may be viewed, symbolically.

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