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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sustainable Food Budget Challenge in April

A new challenge is on the horizon. Not a whole lot different than the Eat Local Challenge, this one is eating locally and/or organically while on a budget. Interesting concept given most people (my husband!) complain about the high cost of organic. But I'm fairly certain you CAN eat on a budget if you keep it local, keeping in mind you are eliminating a bunch of foods you may have gotten used to (i.e., cereal!) Soo.... below are the guidelines, and here is the post from the originator of the Sustainable Food Budget Challenge. Wanna try it? Think about it before you sign up. Eating local IS a challenge. These items are pretty much off the menu to name a few: cereal, pasta, rice, coffee, chocolate, and sugars. But the saving grace for this is buying organic (which likely isn't local), family farm/local business - all the while keeping it low cast. Interesting. Challenge is for APRIL.

Challenge Guidelines (from the Crunchy Chicken - the orginiator)

So, here's the skinny. Based on the following allotment chart, you are to stick to the corresponding amount for food for the month of April. The challenge is that you must buy according to the following guidelines (from Locavores). Do not include non-food items or home grown items into your budget, but do include seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat. Make sure you include all the food costs from eating out, trips to coffee shops, etc.These are fairly loose rules, but the goal is to buy sustainably grown food:

1. If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
2. If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
3. If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
4. If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Terroir: purchase foods famous for the region they are grown in.
5. Hit the farmers market before the supermarket.

Household Maximum Monthly Allotment Chart:
1 person - $176
2 people - $323
3 people - $463
4 people - $588
5 people - $698
6 people - $838
7 people - $926
8 people - $1,058
Each additional person - $132

Yup.... those numbers are tight, aren't they? That's the idea. But we can do it. I'm in - how 'bout you??

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