Eat Local Week
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:
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 email@example.com or call (941) 702-GROW (4769).
Calendar of Events
Experience a complete introduction to fruit tree horticulture with local producer of tropical fruit, SweetSong Groves.
Bay Haven Elementary School’s food forest is celebrating its fifth year. Take a tour to hear from students, families, and staff about this integrated living system that serves as an outdoor learning space and provides the school community with fresh foods.
Witness a special presentation perfect for new and wanna-be growers: An Introduction to Tropical Fruit Gardening at the monthly meeting of the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota. Learn the basics and meet local growers, beginner to advanced, in a relaxed social setting at the beautiful Sarasota Garden Club.
Join Green Deane (of www.EatTheWeeds.com) on a nature walk to learn about foraging! With his vast experience giving "wild food" presentations Deane has created an “itemizing” system to help beginners organize information and give them a successful method to investigate a plant safely.
Whether you are new or just need a refresher course, Canning 101 is a great starting point and focuses on the boiling water bath technique. This hands-on class will enable you to safely and confidently can everything from jams to pickles to fruit! For Eat Local Week we will preserve produce that might otherwise have gone to waste. All supply costs are included in the class and students will take home a jar made in the class.
You throw your recycling in the pretty new bin... but where does it go? Join Transition Sarasota as we take a tour of Waste Pro to see how our recycling gets processed first hand!
Get inspired and meet your neighbors as you join us for a leisurely tour of a variety of sites near downtown that are currently composting on different scales. Find out the benefits for our town and learn about our growing composting culture and how it fosters community.
Lucky's loves local! They've invited some of our favorite local vendors to spend the day at the store sharing information and delicious samples. Relax with live music in the cafe or sip and stroll with a $2 pint or $3 glass of wine.
Take a stroll around the Audubon Nature Center with Chinese Medicine extraordinaire Bob Linde and learn about the edible and medicinal plants that grow in our landscapes.
In this class by Bob Linde we will learn about herbs and plants grown in Florida capable to be used to repair and detoxify the soil. We will explore how to create a compost tea and which nitrogen fixing herbs ensure that we grow the most healthy and nutritious plants and medicine possible.
Tantalize your tastebuds with an authentic Sicilian three-course meal prepared with locally sourced produce and to be ZERO Waste, served in an intimate setting by award-winning chef Gaetano Cannata.
Learn about and support Transition Sarasota while sampling delicious local root-to-stem bites and creative drinks.
Experience sustainable seafood and marine restocking research during a special tour of the largest aquaculture research and development facility in the United States.
This workshop will offer foundational skills to begin composting at home and how to initiate simple, community-engaged composting projects.
Join Transition Sarasota on a tour of All Faiths Food Bank where we donate the majority of our gleaned produce.
A delicious dinner fundraiser in support of the Veterans of Operation Eco Vets. Sponsor a veteran to attend, attend yourself, or both!
The workshop's keynote speaker is Michael Shuman, a noted economist and author whose work has centered around how small, local businesses create more prosperity for cities and regions than global chains.
Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Week, October 24-30, will bring food issues to the forefront and will highlight the local farms and initiatives that are going on to help regain a more environmentally-friendly and human-friendly approach to obtaining food.
Eat Local Week organizers invited Colorado entrepreneur and author Woody Tasch to present the program's keynote speech on March 22 and explain to attendees how they can expand local food economy investments in Sarasota.
When Woody Tasch went on tour to promote his book, he had no idea his collection of musings on how to spark investment in local agriculture would turn into a movement.