NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge

We are proud to announce that we are the ‘Blog Sponsor*” of this year’s Locavore Challenge by Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY).

As a group, From Scratch Club, strive to eat as locally and as organic as possible for the health of our families, the community, the world at large and to support our local foodshed economy. We want to know the people who grow our carrots, or who harvest our honey, who take care care of our the animals that will become our ham or sausage.

So we were thrilled when we saw that they were running a month-long challenge to eat local! A participant can choose between three different tracks, depending on how big of a challenge you want to take on, which is great because ANY effort put towards buying food in your local community from your local farmer or value-added producer is a step forward. There are fun challenges and products you can choose to do for points- like making your own ice cream or joining a fall/winter CSA share!

According to NOFA-NY’s Press Release:

The NY Locavore Challenge is a month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in eating local organic foods.  The goal for this campaign is to educate consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices, cook with in-season, local organic foods, while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses. 

Our 2011 goal is to involve 5,000 people in this year’s challenge, and bring the concepts of local, organic and sustainable more into the forefront of the general public’s minds. 

This year’s program is versatile, fun and FREE!  Participants have the option of signing up for either a Bite-Sized, a Meal-Sized or a Feast-Sized challenge, and within these challenge scopes choose from a variety of different mini-challenges or events to participate in.

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I have to say that these sorts of challenges are fun and VERY educational. The smaller FSC crew of last winter, completed the “Dark Days” Challenge where we had to eat as sustainable,organic, local and ethic as possible once a week through the darkest days of winter; December-March. Alexis, Amanda, Dianna, Sarah and I learned A LOT. Like the Dark Days Challenge, there are exceptions, like nuts, rice, olive oil and the like PLUS you get to choose 5 ingredients as your personal exceptions.

If you are interested in participating along with us as we will be reporting on our participation throughout the month (YES PLEASE!!!)  register online here…September is almost here and the fun is about to start! In addition, September 29th is “Potluck Across NY” where participants celebrate the challenge with a potluck dinner. Plans have not been arranged yet, but we will of course be hosting one of those dinners. 

DISCLOSURE: We are NOFA-NY Members AND we paid to be a sponsor.

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  1. Julie Cerny says:

    Hello food friends!

    Katchkie Farm and The Sylvia Center (Kinderhook, NY) are happy to host one of the many Locavore Potlucks happening across New York State in conjunction with NOFA-NY’s (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Locavore Challenge on the evening of September 25th! Join us in our farm fields and under our pavilion to share in the beauty of our farm and the bounty of locally grown food prepared by members of our community. After dinner, enjoy a walk through our Children’s Garden, chat with neighbors, or relax by the pond.

    – Farm walk at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 6pm. All are welcome.
    – Please bring a homemade dish to share that has been created using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
    – Please RSVP in advance to Julie at (518) 758-2170 or julie.cerny@sylviacenter.org. (Please let me know if you are available to help with set up!)
    – The farm’s address is 745 Fischer Rd. Kinderhook, NY 12106. Please park by the greenhouses.
    – By bringing your own reusable plates, cups, and/or utensils – you can help support the sustainability of this event.

    Please share this information with anyone you think may be interested. We hope to see you there!

    Have a beautiful day,
    Julie

    Julie Cerny
    Education Director and Garden Manager
    The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

    Learn more about the NOFA’s Locavore challenge at: http://www.nofany.org/potluck

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