Find out in the Dakota Local Food Challenge!
What is the Dakota Local Food Challenge?
The Dakota Local Food Challenge is a way for people in the Dakotas to get better connected to the land and the people who produce our food by eating food produced locally for two weeks in September. Participants will (briefly) chart their local foodiness each day on a calendar, downloadable at www.dakotafire.net/golocal, and then either e-mail or mail that calendar back to us the week following the challenge.
What will I get if I take part?
Everyone who completes a calendar will get a fun “I WENT LOCAL” T-shirt, and their names will also be put in a drawing to win other prizes. Moreover, you’ll likely also get a greater appreciation of your place in the world of agriculture and a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Some others who have taken part in local food challenges report other benefits such as feeling healthier, losing weight, and making friends—though we’re only guaranteeing the T-shirt.
So does every bite of food for those 14 days need to come from a local source?
Not exactly. We’ve set up two levels of participation:
LOCAL BASIC: Eating all of your fruits and vegetables from local sources for 14 days; and
LOCAL HARD-CORE: Eating all local food for 14 days, with the exception of seven items that are not.
What do you mean by local? Details, details!
You can find the answer to this and lots more information on how to take part, including recipes and where to find locally produced food, on our website as the challenge gets going.
Turn in a log of your local food eating and get a T-shirt!