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Tim BairdTim Baird
Carrboro, North Carolina

Born and raised in central Maine, my youth was spent mowing the lawn, kicking a soccer ball against the garage doors, and trying to sneak sugar cereal out of the kitchen cupboards after I was put to bed. More about Tim


Warren JohnstonWarren Johnston
South Royalton, Vermont

I am a baby boomer who grew up in a time when the trend in food was convenience and speed. It wasn't the fast-food era, but a post-World War II time when ... More about Warren


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Holliston, Massachusetts

We live in Holliston, Massachusetts. When we bought our house in Holliston about 27 years ago, Holliston was a rural/residential town of about 13,000 people. More about Barbara


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Wallace, West Virginia

My name is Autumn. I'm 24 years old, and I live in rural north-central West Virginia. I was born and raised in West Virginia, and in 2005 I graduated from ... More about Autumn


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Cleveland, Ohio

My personal interests revolve around the environment, both knowing more about it and getting outside and enjoying my surroundings. This led me down an educational path to ... More about April

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Getting started

Posted at 4:03 PM on January 13, 2008 by Autumn Long (2 Comments)

This week (January 6-12) began the Splendid Table’s year-long Locavore Nation project, and I am looking forward to participating as a blogger. I began keeping a food diary this week to establish “base rates” of my local, organic, and other food consumption. At this time of year, “local” foods are pretty much confined to my cellar, freezer, and henhouse. I grow most of my own produce, but I do buy some organic salad ingredients at this time of year, when the gardens here are dormant. I also buy organic dairy products and grains. I will write more about the organics I purchase in a future entry.
My food log reveals that my main non-organic food purchases are cheeses and alcoholic beverages — to the best of my knowledge, organic varieties of these items are unavailable or scarce in this area, and, honestly, I am not willing to give them up. Gotta have the cheddar and bourbon!
Overall, at this time of year, most of my food consumption is organic, but much of it is non-local. My estimated percentages for this week: 40% organic but non-local; 35% local (mostly homemade/homegrown); and 25% non-local/non-organic. There’s certainly work to be done… Hurry, springtime!