NY Locavore Challenge 2012

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NY Locavore Challenge


This September, NOFA-NY will host its 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge.  The NY Locavore Challenge is a first of its kind, month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in actively supporting the local organic food movement.

The Locavore challenge starts with the theory “vote with your dollar,” and takes it a few steps further, by appealing concerned citizens to participate in a wide variety of events and challenges that support their local economies, encourage organic and sustainable growing practices and propel the movement. The aim is for 5,000 people state-wide to participate in the challenge this year.  New this year, we are launching a 30 Challenges in 30 Days calendar to help guide consumers in exploring the challenge each day during September.  The calendar will include daily challenges, recipes, tips, events and more.

Last year we worked with more than 40 partners to help host events, promote eating locally and educate their members or clients on the importance of supporting organic and sustainable farms.

The 30 Challenges

The 2012 Locavore Challenge will feature 30 different challenges in 30 days. The challenges range from making a local vegetarian meal to visiting a U-Pick farm. For a quick look at the challenges each day, see the calendar below. View or print a full resolution version here.


250 Mile Challenge

The 250 Mile Diet Challenge is the cornerstone of the NY Locavore Challenge. This personal challenge asks individuals to commit to eat as close to 100% locally and sustainably produced food during the month of September. Participants can choose to take a day, a week or a month-long 250 mile diet challenge as part of their Locavore Challenge.

There are a few exceptions to the rules that you can choose to use to help you through the challenge. Marco Polo Rules: Salt, spices and seasoning do not need to be local. Feel free to use yeast, baking soda, baking powder, etc. Wild Cards: Each participant can also choose up to 5 wild card ingredients that cannot be sourced locally but that the challenger feels they cannot live without. Typical items include: coffee, chocolate, sugar, tea, olive oil, nuts and rice. Challengers are encouraged to purchase Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade items if they cannot be sourced locally.

Sample meals comparing the cost and miles-traveled of local vs. common store bought foods:




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