Eat Local

Students at Colorado State University Hillel, a Hazon Seal site, pick up fresh produce from a local farm CSA each week, which they use to cook nutritious Shabbat dinners at Hillel.

Did you know? A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table. Local food, however, doesn’t need to travel over several days to arrive at the market and is more likely to be picked when it is ripe.

Producers who sell locally can grow varieties of vegetables known for their flavor and nutrition, rather than just their ability to endure long-distance shipping. “Heirloom” tomatoes are one such crop; the standard beefsteak tomato common in supermarkets was bred for its toughness in long-distance shipping. Heirloom tomatoes bruise easily and do not keep for long—but their flavor is out of this world!

Nearly one third of all greenhouse gases emitted come from the production and transportation of food. When a farmer can drive a few hours to deliver their food—rather than ship it thousands of miles—the carbon footprint of your food may shrink dramatically.

Celebrate the seasons! The Jewish calendar gives us at least one or two holidays each season that call for a feast, and most holidays are intricately tied to agricultural cycles. Use seasonal, local foods to celebrate the holidays.

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Start a CSA

Educate about local CSAs and their importance
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Donate leftover shares from CSA to those in need every month
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Organize a visit to your CSA farmer for your institution's members
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Send out a CSA newsletter, or include seasonal recipes in member newsletter
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Host a Community Supported Agriculture program
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Source Local Produce

Lobby a local grocery store to source more local and seasonal food
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Host a farmers market or farm stand
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Label locally purchased food and beverages
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Educate about locally grown/seasonal food
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Host an event about the importance of locally grown/seasonal food
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Host a meal featuring locally sourced food
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Connect with your suppliers and vendors
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Purchase at least one CSA share for your institution
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Purchase locally grown food
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