The “foodshed” concept is an interesting aspect if the locavore movement.
I learned a new word yesterday evening: “foodshed.” Inspired by and analogous to the “watershed” concept, foodshed turns out to be an early 20th century word that has been revived as part of the locavore movement. A foodshed is a small geographic area that includes the boundaries of where food is produced, transported and consumed. Our foodshed includes Colorado’s Front Range and Plains. Click here for a resource directory.
That includes the land our food grows on, the routes it travels, the markets it goes through and in the end, the tables were it is eaten. It involves farmers’ markets, CSAs, food retailers, seasonality, restaurants and members of the public committed to buying food produced as nearby as possible, including growing some of your own. One of the Local Food Shift’s initiatives is the 10% Pledge, which asks members of the community to commit to spending at least 10% of their food budget locally, a big increase over the aver 3% now. FoMoInfo or to sign up, click here.
The September floods that devastated many of the canyons and foothills communities also harshly impacted many farms and ranches on the Plains, plunging local food production into a state of uncertainty. There were immediate crop losses, loss of soil, loss of livestock feed, damage to and loss of infrastructure (including the critical ditch irrigation system) and of course, loss of income at the very peak of harvest season. Ironically, little of the millions in flood relief funds that flowed into Colorado was available to local farmers. The Boulder Community Foundation and the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets spearheaded the Front Range Farm Relief Fund to help out afflicted farmers.