Transition Sarasota’s Eat Local Week is an annual, celebration of the best of local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Each year, partners come together to offer dozens of events, including farm and garden tours, farm-to-fork dinners, workshops, educational programs, community discussions, and hands-on activities. Eat Local Week exists to spark dialogue, build community, and showcase the fabulous work done locally!

The 9th Annual Eat Local Week will take place Thursday, October 17, through Saturday, November 2, 2019. This year's theme will be "Exploring Food Waste". Examining the what it is, why it matters, and how our community can work towards solutions.

Exploring Food Waste

According to the Drawdown Project, a comprehensive plan to reverse Global Warming, reducing food waste is the third most important issue for 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.”

Food waste is an incredibly complex issue, encompassing such vital topics as:

  • hunger

  • food loss

  • wasted resources

  • food access

  • carbon emissions

For information about this year's festivities, please watch for updates on the calendar of events. If you have additional questions, you can email us at info@transitionsrq.org or call (941) 702-GROW (4769).

Calendar of Events