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Local Food: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

By: Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins

Green Books

Paperback | Sep 2009 | #182796 | ISBN-13: 9781900322430
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About this book

So you buy your vegetables as locally as possible, eat organic and seasonal food where you can, and are perhaps even coming to grips with managing an allotment. However, as the scale of the recession and rising fuel prices start to be keenly felt, you may be wondering what else you can do? Local Food offers an inspiring yet practical guide to what can be achieved if you get together with the people on your street, the people in your village, town or city. It is an exploration of the potential power of working collaboratively.

Drawing on the practical experience of Transition initiatives and other community initiatives around the world, this guide powerfully shows how by working together the results can be far greater than the sum of their parts. Local food guides, Community Supported Agriculture schemes, community gardens, even the creation of local currencies to support local food production, are all explored here, with all the information you will need to get started. An explosion of activity at community level is urgently needed, and this book is the ideal place to start.

If you are a budding community project organiser, or just an intrigued readers, their personal stories and photographs from established initiatives, as well as engaging text on climate change, peak oil, supermarkets and growing your own food should entice you to get your nose deep in this book. I have! Green Prophet


Introduction. Getting Started. Food Projects. Allotment provision. Awareness raising. Back garden growers. Community gardens. Community Supported. Agriculture. Ethical sourcing. Farmers markets. Farmers groups. Garden share. Great reskilling workshops. Local currencies and local food. Local food directories. School gardens. Seed swaps and plant exchanges. Urban market gardens. Summary. General references

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Tamzin Pinkerton has an academic background in Social Anthropology and Human Rights. Tamzin has been involved in various Transition Town Totnes projects, including coordinating the schools project Transition Tales, working with a local secondary school, and helping organise Transition Town Totnes. She now lives in Weybridge, Surrey with her daughter.Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of the Transition Network and founder of Transition Town Totnes, has been a teacher of permaculture and natural building for many years. He now lives in Totnes in Devon, the first Transition Town in the UK, from where he coordinates the Transition Network. He publishes, a popular website which promotes the Transition concept.

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