Supporting local food promotes a strong local economy, reduces carbon emissions, and helps preserve the environment. Sustainable Business Network’s (SBN) Executive Director Laury Hammel sums it up: “By working together we can play a leadership role in building a strong local food system and set an example for communities across the nation.”
Check out this video produced locally by aspiring filmmakers who, through film, are contributing to the local food movement. Know Your Roots: Eat Local is a short documentary film by Sara DeForest and Scott Silverman about the benefits of eating local food. The film is produced in Boston, MA by Sara DeForest and Scott Silverman. It features Jamey Lionette-one of the original Boston Local Food Festival organizers, John Lee of Allandale Farm, JJ Gonson, owner of Cuisine en Locale, Tony Maws-chef, and owner of Craigie on Main and others.
Ways You Can Get Involved in the Local Food Movement!
Other than volunteering for the Boston Local Food Festival, SBN has a number of affiliated programs that support our efforts to transform the local food system that you can get involved in.
Boston Local Food Program Initiatives
Local Food Trade Show is one of the important Boston Local Food Program Initiatives that SBN presents annually. It is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.
This event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value-added producers from Massachusetts and New England. If you are interested in attending or becoming involved, please contact us at [email protected]
Food Solutions New England 50 by 60
50×60 A New England Food Vision: Can New England Produce 50% of its Food by 2060?
50 x 60 A New England Food Vision Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices from throughout New England, A New England Food Vision calls for our region to reach a bold goal of 50 by 60 building the capacity to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060 while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.
A New England Food Vision imagines a new future that is possible if society were to commit to supporting sustainable food production in New England. We hope this report will compel people to act by creating new conversations, new collaborations, and new, actionable plans. We seek to engage diverse voices and create new inspiration that will lead to healthy food and thriving communities.
A bold vision that calls for our region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of our food by 2060 while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.
For more information about the Zero Waste Festival you can visit bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.