Join the local food revolution, and try to find at least a few items (fresh produce, loaf of bread, jam or marmalade) from local farm shops, indie health stores or community initiatives. You can also download a free Grow Your Own Grocery Guide (by Manchester’s Unicorn Co-op). Also see growing food for your community.
The Food Sharing Revolution looks at how traditional food producers and sellers are changing ways. Michael Carolan tells stories of farmers who share share tractors, seeds, kitchen space and cultures. Meet Dorothy (who opened a bakery with a no-interest, crowd-sourced loan). And chef Camilla (peer-to-peer meal sharing).
- Put Your Money Where Your Life Is is a complete guide to the local investment movement by expert Michael Shuman. It’s an American book but most you can use here, from setting up and identifying local investment opportunities, to ensuring you stay on the right side of the law. Increase your financial returns and lower your risk, and strengthen your community, instead of increasing some CEO’s bonus.
- Grocery Story puts the power of food co-ops on your plate, to grow your local food economy. Through inspiring stories from across the pond, learn how innovative pioneers are destroying low-income food deserts and replacing them with thriving food communities via locally-owned supermarkets.
- Nevada Grown is the true story of one US state that has created a thriving food culture. Local farmers sell organic turnips, beets, dates, pistachios and melons at farmers’ markets. And for people who eat animal foods, they source local free-range versions.
- Food Town USA is a book on how to end ‘food deserts’. Now before you start laughing about an American book teaching us how to eat, we must remember that although they have the worst food culture, they also have some of the best social justice local food programs too. They don’t all live on chilli cheese-fries! Ideas include a town investing in new local restaurants, a one-stop-shop’ food bank that helps clients pay for health insurance and a town that is using aeroponics (growing plants with air and mist) to bring fresh produce to a food desert.