What is local food? Have you ever seen any? Local food is food produced locally (within a 100 mile radius) by resident farmers and neighbors. Local food includes vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, meats, eggs, milk, bread, desserts, and much more. Local foods represent local micro economies that support people and towns, villages and cities with cultural production of specialties. While many foods like dairy products, eggs, cheese and bread are available almost everywhere, different places have different traditional recipes for specialty items. Buying local food supports micro industries and the establishment and continuation of site specific traditions. In addition, there are sustainable benefits to buying and eating local food. One obvious perk is fresher tasting food. Buying local helps support your community and its farmers. Your encouragement creates social interaction around food, food production and commerce and the people and farms involved. Buying local products is far better for the environment as it requires much less energy to transport food locally than across the country or around the world.
Activity 1 – Collect information
Activity 2 – interview people
Activity 3 – analyze possibilities
Activity 4 – conceptualize ideas
Activity 5 – design a local food product
Now it is your turn to imagine the eco food restaurant of your dream! What will it look like? What will it serve? What will be its experience? What will people learn and understand by eating at a restaurant that serves locally grown and prepared foods? In the 70’s these kind of restaurants were called Health Food Restaurants because they served alternative foods to the typical fare. You can pick any of these ideas as starting points. Start taking notes and making sketches of ideas in your journal. What could you do to improve the fast food experience? Could you actually grow food on site? Could you host a farmer’s market? Could it be a Food Coop? Could people actually sit in garden environments with fresh air to breathe while eating healthy food? Could your decor include a map showing locations of local farms that produced the food that is served? Could there be pictures of what is organic and composted and what needs to be recycled? Could there be goats grazing on a green roof? Could bikes replace cars? What would you serve? How would it be delivered? So many things to think about!
Design an Eco Restaurant!