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Leslie AllenLeslie Allen
Reno, Nevada

I was born in California, and have fond memories of homegrown tomatoes and freshly caught crawdads. My family moved a lot when I was growing up. I even lived on the East coast for a while. More about Leslie

Laura SolorioLaura Solorio
Salinas, California

I am third in a line of strong Yaqui women. My grandmother was from Baja California, from the town of Santa Rosalia. She came to the United States as a young woman, with her first child, escaping an abusive husband. More about Laura

Scott SwendsenScott Swendsen
Boise, Idaho

I am in my late 40's and single and a bit selfish. Having no children and no spouse has allowed me to pretty much explore life in a much different way than most families would. More about Scott

Paulette ThompsonPaulette Thompson
Seattle, Washington

I, P. Thompson, also known as Paulette, love food. It should not surprise you that I love to cook and eat good food. I also love talking about it, thinking about it, and reading about it. More about Paulette



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Last day

Posted at 2:35 PM on January 11, 2009 by Paulette Thompson (1 Comments)

Today is officially our last day blogging for Locavore Nation. I believe no one will be able to make comments on any posts after today. I have enjoyed participating in the conversation with the other bloggers and with those who read, thought about, and/or made comments on what I wrote.

There are various places to join the conversation in all of our communities. You might have to create the opportunity to have this conversation. It is my hope that we continue talking about the food system that we have. Monoculture vs. diversity?
Check out the Eat Local Challenge site : http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/

Check out http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/344/locavore.html when NOW (on PBS) did a show on locavorism. The blogger on the Eat Local Challenge includes a 10 step list to becoming a locavore. They also have a list with reasons for becoming a locavore.

It is nice to have common sense answers for why to attempt to do more locally.
How can we assist local farmers who are providing us with more actual food choices than we see in the stores? Does buying produce from South America really assist family farms there?
There is a nice article in Grist called "Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood: Why "the market" alone can't save local agriculture"
Check out the blog "Eat Local Northwest" where two ocavore friends, one in Seattle and the other in Anchorage, try to do their best to feed themselves and their familes as best they can.

It seems to me that the message for several decades now has been that once we have arrived, we don't have to really cook any more. This tells us that cooking is a bore and you don't need to deal with it. Save time by buying these mixes. Get that frozen food food. Now I am not saying that people will stop buying mixes or prepared foods. Some are good and well priced while others are not. I have students who have never eaten a cake or macaroni and cheese made from scratch or seen a raw carrot with the green leafy parts on it.

There is a passage in a book by the anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateman (daughter of Margaret Mead) where she talks about the labor intensive foods of her Armenian husband's heritage. What she did not realize, she explains, is that those particular dishes are not to be made by one person. Her mother also tells her that on a weeknight, a pot of soup with bread or a salad also says love for nuclear families.

There is a cost both financial and cultural to be paid.

What are people doing during this economic downturn to feed themselves and their families? I definitely see that people will go to several places where they believe their needs will be met. It might not be in one place. What options exist by going to the farmers' market or co-op?

I live in a neighborhood where there were no grocery stores (In fact there were no Starbucks in my neighborhood either!) As gentrification has occurred slowly but surely, changes have come. There are still communities without grocery stores. There are convenience stores and liquor stores, though.

In the way that people had victory gardens during wartime, people can have have a recession garden! If a whole garden in untenable or scary, you can do what I do and grow some food in a few pots on your patios and balconies or window boxes. You can grow some items and your friends might grow something else. Share!

Keep on reading Locavore nation!

Posted at 3:26 PM on January 11, 2009 by Paulette Thompson