Having said this I DO appreciate selecting a point in time for longer range personal planning. I suppose January 1 is as good a time as any. My friend Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, offers lots of insight in her very educational book about our food system and its role in food allergies (mainly focused on allergies in kids but applies to all). One of her best pieces of advice I believe applies to any personal change, which is to ‘just change one thing’. Don’t make it overwhelming for yourself; start small.
With an eye toward realistic and beneficial food resolutions for the upcoming year, I would challenge you this New Year to consider this with regard to eating more local food for 2011! There are many simple ways to start.
Some of my favorite seed resources: Seed Savers Exchange, Park Seeds, Botanical Interests (Colorado based) and Monticello (this was a fun find to grow species cultivated by Thomas Jefferson himself in the 1800’s). I also found this extensive list of various seed companies (click here).
If you area Colorado resident, investigate Local Sustainablity by selecting this link or the button on the side of my blog. It’s a great grass roots organization providing information and education to those interested in local, sustainable food sources, practices and policy decisions. Their information is not just for Coloradoans either. Check them out; they have some great resources!