For the past several years I have served on the board of the Local Growers Guild, as the member-elected representative for Bloomingfoods and other restaurants and retailers committed to improving our local food system. The Local Growers Guild is a co-op of farmers, urban gardeners, retailers, educators, local foods champions and community supporters.
The Local Growers Guild works to preserve the viability of family farms by providing services, research, and advocacy that can improve the quality of life for growers. The Guild helps make food issues visible, looking squarely at the challenges inherent to farming in a culture dominated by Big Ag. Like Bloomingfoods, it promotes practices that preserve and protect the Earth.
One project of the LGG is the annual Local Growers’ Guide, a resource for learning how, where, and why to buy local food. The latest, most beautiful and useful version of the Guide was designed by Jessie Skaggs, interim director of the Guild – you can find it at Bloomingfoods and other locations around town. Pick one up and preserve it as a treasured resource, or pass it along. It’s chock full of reasons to buy local, with information about the Guild and its members, a 100-mile map showing local farms, and a chart outlining the details of CSA programs.
On Sunday, July 24 the family of LGG Board President Jacob Phillips will host a potluck dinner and the annual meeting of the Local Growers Guild. The meal starts at 5pm at Liberty Pastures Farm, just eight miles south of Bloomington. Whether you are a current member of the Guild or just curious about how to contribute, you can pitch in with something homemade, featuring at least one local ingredient.
At the meeting, the LGG board will announce its new Guild Manager, introduce itself, and invite ideas. After supper Jacob will give a guided tour of the farm, showing how his family rotationally grazes goats, chickens, and turkeys on pasture. We hope you can join us!