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.