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Earth to Table

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What does it mean to practice “Earth to Table” ways of eating? Does choosing local even matter that much when deciding what food to purchase? Well… yes. Eating locally is a great way to experience an earth to table, sustainable, and healthy way of eating. Although there is no universal definition of “local eating”, most people take this to mean within the state they reside.

But why eat local?

Choosing food grown at local farms means the freshness will be much better when compared to food that has traveled for days or weeks across the country. You will also be taking steps to decrease your carbon footprint because much less fossil fuels are used for food transport when you are eating within your state limits.

Eating locally, eating seasonally.

Committing yourself to eating locally means you will be eating seasonally as well. Although your grocery store sells all produce throughout the entire year, local farmers can only grow what is in season. Deciding to buy from local producers gives you a great opportunity to learn new recipes for making meals with all of the seasonal produce!

What resources are available in Madison?

The Dane County Farmers’ Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country! The outdoor market has finally returned for the summer and offers products from dozens of farmers and businesses in Wisconsin. Spend your Saturday mornings at the Capitol Square or Wednesday mornings around the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to pick up some of your favorite items.

Willy Street Co-op also specializes in organic, natural, and locally produced foods. Whether you are searching for organic, vegan, or natural products, Willy Street likely has the product for you! This full-functioning grocery store offers great products every day of the week for those unable to attend the farmers markets.

If growing your own food is something that interests you, check out any of the 60 Community Gardens throughout the Dane County area. Learn how to become more self-sufficient and be empowered by growing safe, healthy food for yourself and your family.

For more resources check out:

http://dcfm.org/

http://www.willystreet.coop/

http://danecountycommunitygardens.org/

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

April 29, 2015 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Earth Week

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The birds are finally happily chirping away, as each day that passes is getting warmer and brighter! The bike paths and lake docks are starting to swarm with all the people excited that spring is finally here. What a perfect time of the year to get outside and celebrate Earth Week 2015! Engage in an intellectual discussion on hard-hitting environmental topics or take the whole family to the zoo for some outdoor enjoyment. Check out this list at some of the most exciting happenings for Earth Week activities near you!

Monday, April 20th:

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference Celebrate Earth Week with the 9th annual Earth Day Conference held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Pre-registration was required and the program begins at 9am.

Tuesday, April 21st:

Sustainability Business Panel Enjoy speakers from local businesses such as Sustain Dane and Capital brewery to engage in conversation about the importance of sustainability in businesses. Hosted in Grainger Hall, Room 1266 form 6-7pm.

Aldo Leopold Wonder Bugs – Bring the whole family to learn about the wonder of the environment at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center from 9:30-10:45am.

Reflections of an Environmental Advocate Come here Brock Evans speak about his experiences as an advocate for the environment at the Fluno Center from 6-8pm.

Wednesday, April 23rd:

Pictures at Senator Gaylord Nelson’s Desk Get your picture taken at the desk of Senator Nelson to remember this special day! Pictures from 11am-1pm at the Nelson Institute Director’s Office.

Willow Creek CleanUp Join the Lakeshore Nature Preserve crew for an afternoon helping to clean up Willow Creek. Meet on the Willow Creek Bridge at 5pm.

Panel on the Future Conservation Science in Wisconsin Join the discussion on environmental legislation at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union from 7-9pm.

Earth Day Trivia Come for a fun night of trivia at The Sett in Union South from 7-9pm. Hosted by the Nelson Institute Ambassadors.

Arboretum Garden Tour Go on a native plant garden tour of the UW Arboretum to see all the beauty of early spring! Tours are from 7-8:30pm.

Madison Children’s Museum Bring your nature-minded kids for an afternoon of fun and educational environmental programs. Programs and classes from 1-:30am-3:30pm.

Thursday, April 24th:

Film Screening – Sierra Student Coalition of UW Madison is hosting a screening of the film “Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization” in the Education Building, Room L196 from 6-7:30pm.

Friday, April 25th:

Seminar – Come learn about the characterization of variations in Wisconsin’s extreme weather from Steve Vavrus. The seminar will be held in Room 811 of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building from 1:30-2:30pm.

Toddler Story & Stroll – Bring your kids to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens to spend a nature-focused experience from 10-11am.

Saturday, April 26th:

Ecological Restoration – Volunteer to help learn about and restore the Curtis Prairie at the UW Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center; volunteering runs between 9am-12pm.

Henry Vilas Zoo – Have an afternoon of environmental education with visits from the MG&E solar energy trailer, the Dane County Arborists, and the Wisconsin DNR from 10am-2pm.

April 22, 2015 at 9:53 am Leave a comment


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