Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms tipped me off in February that work was afoot to bring a “Buy Fresh Buy Local” campaign to South Dakota. Well, now it’s official. My husband and I finally became members of Dakota Rural Action last month, and DRA just sent us notice of a meeting (TOMORROW!) for anyone interested in starting a BFBL chapter in South Dakota. Here are the details:
Tuesday, May 13
Minnehaha County Extension Center
220 W. 6th St. (click here for map)
Sioux Falls, SD
Sponsored by the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
Interested producers and consumers are encouraged to attend.
For more info, contact Patrick Garrity at 605.660.1034 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional meetings are scheduled for May 20 at the Brown County Courthouse in Aberdeen and May 29 in Vermillion at Buffalo Run Winery at 7:00 p.m.
BFBL is a project of the national nonprofit FoodRoutes Network. Chapters across the country work to make locally produced food more accessible to consumers in their regions. According to FoodRoutes, buying local isn’t just good for our health and dinner tables (not to mention pocketbooks–it can actually be more cost effective to eat locally), but it’s great for our local and state economies:
A recent study in Maine shows that shifting just 1% of consumer expenditures to direct purchasing of local food products would increase farmers’ income by 5%. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) estimates that by encouraging Maine residents to spend just $10/week on local food, $100,000,000 will be invested back into farmers’ pockets and the Maine economy each growing season.
Find out more about BFBL at the FoodRoutes website here.