Eat Local for Thanksgiving
Focus on the connections that buying locally have in our lives and reconnect our Thanksgiving traditions with local agricultural traditions of celebrating the harvest by asking individuals to "Take the Pledge" and purchase one locally grown item for their Thanksgiving meal.
EAT LOCAL FOR THANKSGIVING
Annual efforts in the Puget Sound
Thanksgiving is a great time to start thinking about local food.
And for stepping up to the plate in support of local farms, a healthier environment, local economies and communities.
In 2007, Cascade Harvest Coalition and other community partners including the Acting Food Policy Council and Seattle Tilth initiated the Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign to focus awareness on the connections that buying locally has in our lives and reconnect our Thanksgiving traditions with local agricultural traditions of celebrating the harvest by asking individuals to "Take the Pledge" and purchase one locally grown item for their Thanksgiving meal.
While you may think one pledge and one butternut squash from the farmers market isn't going to make a huge difference, think again. If one person starts to think differently about where their food comes from, who grew it or why it matters, then that butternut squash becomes an agent for change and you become one too.
Every pledge translates into support for preserving farmland, a more robust economy, and cleaner environment. You're also adding your voice to those of thousands of people throughout the region in saying how important this is to our communities, which is central to having a dependable, regional food supply. Having this type of public support in place allows Cascade Harvest Coalition to address the deeper, systemic change necessary to tackle some of the problems that have been created by our current highly-industrialized food system and allows us to work towards programs and policies that support a sustainable food system statewide.
On the day we join together and give thanks for the abundance of the harvest and bringing family and friends together in celebration and community, let us also be grateful for the abundance of local farms throughout our region, our hardworking farmers and the food they put on our tables.