Boston’s western suburbs abound with farms and orchards that provide residents an opportunity to lighten their ecological footprints through eating locally. This summer SVT is celebrating the agricultural landscape of our watershed. We hope these resources will help you further connect with your local farms.
Why eat local?
Buying locally produced foods helps preserve a network of farms that support one another and healthy communities.
According to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
, the average fresh food item on our dinner table travels 1,500 miles to get there. When you buy locally, your food retains more nutrition and drastically reduces the amount of fossil fuels consumed to transport that food item.
Eating locally helps the local economy. Many farmers spend much of what they earn on transportation, processing, packaging, refrigeration and marketing of their products. Farmers who sell at their farms keep more of each dollar earned - that money stays in the community.
Buying food locally helps keep farmland open, which contributes to better air and water quality. Working with landowners, municipalities, and the state, SVT assists in protecting working farmland through leases, conservation easements, and agricultural preservation restrictions
Your support of SVT
helps us to protect land that provides healthy air, water, and sustainable food sources – thank you!
Recommended reading list:
- Michael Pollan, Omnivore's Dilemma
- Mark Bittman, Food Matters
- Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
- Eric Schlosser, Food, Inc.