And we’re back…

And we’re back…

Feb 18

I realize it’s been forever since we’ve posted, Christmas was busy and we got out of the habit of posting, and that habit just continued until now.

The amazing, John Rife, the creator of the WP Harvest Festival, had a group of people over to celebrate the success of the festival as well as build community and connections with people involved with the local food movement in town. John and I were sort of the nobodies in the room, just a couple local foodies. Everyone else was the head of some great organization or non-profit, a bunch of medical professionals who support local, nutritious food and even some local farmers, it was quite a group.

We watched a television clip from Dan Rather Reports, about Hardwick, Vermont, a sleepy little town that revitalized itself with the use of a local food cycle. They have a local seed company, that makes seeds that the local farmers use. The farmers sell directly to the public at farmers markets or local restaurants and co-ops. The dairy makes cheeses and one guy makes tofu and they try to sell it locally. Then in the end of the cycle there is a local compost company that picks up scraps from restaurants and even accepts scraps from the public and turns it all into lush compost so the cycle can start again. Hardwick, VT even has a Center for an Agricultural Economy, that has “adopted a unique, entrepreneurial and community driven-approach to supporting sustainable agriculture” that thus building and improving the local economy. The whole Dan Rather Report can be found at the Centers website here.. There is also a book title, The Town That Food Saved by Ben Hewitt, about Hardwick and their journey. (It’s widely available and probably at most libraries, I just got it for the Nook as I wrote this post)

For me, the story of Hardwick, VT was quite inspiring, aided by the fact that I was in a room of amazing people who all have this great vision of what Orlando could be if we had a similar model. We have such great weather in Florida, and can grow so many varieties of food at all times of the year, that it is really a detriment to ourselves that we don’t rely more on locally sourced, sustainable food.

So on that note, we’re back. The two of us at With Respect for Food are going to make this little blog our contribution to furthering the local, sustainable, and humanely treated food movement in Orlando. Stay with us, there’s so much more to come….

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