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Eat Local Week Returns!

The 9th Annual Eat Local Week will be October 17 - November 1, 2019.

Photo: Chef Lucky (Mattison’s City Grill), Sara Moore, Lou Murray and the Chef from The Blue Rooster at the Big Mama Collard Greens Festival

BY REBECCA BREY

Save the date. Eat Local Week 2019 is coming back for its ninth annual installment. Transition Sarasota, a non-profit that works to provide food and economic security by supporting sustainable local sources, organizes the festivities each year. Eat Local Week 2019 will be held from October 17 to November 1. This year’s theme is “food waste”; more than twenty educational, delicious, and engaging events are expected to showcase the diverse local food community in Sarasota and Manatee Counties and how we’re affected by food waste.

According to the Drawdown Project, a comprehensive plan to reverse Global Warming, reducing food waste is the third most important issue to helping our planet. “A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage— including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions.”

This year Eat Local Week begins on the evening of October 17 with a keynote kickoff by our brilliant local food waste expert, executive director of Sunshine Community Compost, Tracie Troxler. We have several repeat events, two of those are the Newtown Nation Big Mama’s Collard Fest, a vibrant but fierce cook off competition for the honor of best collard green recipe, and the Green Path Veterans Farm’s delectable farm-to-table dinner to support the organization’s mission of providing training to veterans in agriculture, landscaping and entrepreneurial skills as they transition back to civilian life.

Many Eat Local Week events are offered free of charge, some events with limited capacity require preregistration or advance-purchase tickets. Details will be added to the Transition Sarasota website and Facebook page as they become available.

Transition Sarasota is still accepting partners and sponsors for this year’s Eat Local Week. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rebecca Brey at Exec@transitionsrq.org.

Non-profit builds a greener future through community resilience

Friday, June 7th 2019, 4:57 PM EDT

Updated: Friday, June 7th 2019, 6:10 PM EDT

By Jennifer Kveglis

SARASOTA COUNTY - It's no secret that  global warming and climate change has transitioned into an urgent issue. With two chapters on the suncoast, an international non–profit hopes to educate and inspire you to make small lifestyle changes for a greener earth.

Don Hall, Co-Director of Transition U.S. said, "The effects of climate change are increasing in their frequency and their severity as scientists have been telling us for years."  Tackling big issues like air pollution, oil crises, and local economic hardships sounds intimidating at first. He said, "Re imagine how their future can be different...that it doesn't just have to be the status quo."

But it's a job imperative to the future of our planet, made easier through building community resilience. He said, "We can't just wait on governments to take action. We also need to take action from the bottom up." Transition U.S., a nationwide non–profit has been doing just that since 2007. The non-profit joined more than 50 other countries in following the International Transition Towns Movement.

He said, "Bring people together in their local community to re imagine and rebuild our future. Looking at our local food systems, our local economies, how we use energy." Transition U.S. launched 165 official transition initiatives across 39 states. Hall said each initiative addresses a community's needs.

On the suncoast, Transition Sarasota tackles hunger. Executive Director of Transition Sarasota, Rebecca Brey said, "Our Suncoast Gleaning Project, which we are just about wrapping up for the season. We harvest excess produce from local area farms."

Last season more than 280 volunteers harvested more than 30,000 pounds of produce and donated to All Faiths Food Bank, Manatee Food Bank, and Feeding Tampa Bay.

She said, "Our other big project is Eat Local Week. It's really about investing that back into the local economy to support those businesses and educate people on their options here in Sarasota and Manatee." The 9th Annual Eat Local Week is October 17th through November 1st.