|Acadiana Food Circle||
Joined Jul 5 2011
Mission:The mission of Acadiana Food Circleis to connect local consumers to local food producers and educate the public onhealthy, local food choices.
Acadiana Food Circleis a community organization designed to educate citizens about local foodavailability, healthy food choices and home food production. Acadiana can bedefined as the 22 parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles,Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jeff Davis, Lafayette,Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St.Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, and West Baton Rouge. Theorganization will focus on three main priorities to engage and educate thepublic about local foods.
Acadiana Food CircleDirectory
The Acadiana FoodCircle Directory is a printed directory that educates community members about the nutritionaland economic value of eating locally produced foods. The Acadiana Food Circle Directory willbe approximately 10-16 pages in length, printed annually, and provided free of charge to citizens at farmers’ markets, localfoods retailers, restaurants, and by request. The Acadiana FoodCircle Directory will provide valuable information and educate citizens about local foodsavailability, nutritional value and home gardening resources.
A website has beenestablished at www.acadianafoodcircle.org. As information is added to the website, the sitewill provide an interactive map, local food blogs, and frequently updated to inform the publicabout the location of healthy foods in Acadiana communities. The website will provide informationon home gardening information, such as purchasing, building, or repairing cold frames, compostbins, and chicken coops. Additionally, the website will provide information to thepublic on how to plant seedlings, maintain compost bins and food preparation and preservation.Scientifically supported information about how eating local foods reduces food-borne illnesses,energy associated with long-distant transport, and degradation of nutritional quality throughreduced travel time will be provided. Links to on-line resources about local foods will beprovided to the user.
Workshops willprovide a hands-on learning experiences help improve technical skills for citizens to growtheir own gardens, produce their own honey, and raise their own chickens. Consumption andproduction of local foods includes knowing how to grow food at home and workshops willprovide opportunities for novices and experts to learn more about home food production topics.Public lectures about the value of local and home food production will provide the publicopportunities to better understand national food policy and local foods trends.