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Eat local month begins in the Lowcountry

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According to researchers at Penn State, spikes in food price in 2008, 2010 and 2011 added some 200 million people to the ranks of the hungry and malnourished in the world. Severe weather and urban development contribute to the lack of food supply, and researchers concluded maintaining adequate land and production of food is a big 21st century problem.

Lowcountry Local First designated April to eating local foods. This month the organization also opens their incubator farm to visitors.

"It teaches me to be quite and listen, and to be patient. Sometimes you can't win. You just plow it over and start again," Gina Perez, farmer of Fiddle Farms, said of working her one acre plot

Gina's acre of veggies and flowers is on the Dirt Works Incubator Farm on Johns Island. The farm project includes a shared use of packing facilities, a tractor, refrigeration, tools, and restrooms. The farm is 10-acres divided into 1 and 2 acre plots to give farmers a chance to start their business.

 

"It's a mental challenge but you get the reward of people saying it's the best thing they have ever tasted," Gina said.

 

Lowcountry Local First designated April as the second annual eat local month. Organization said the hope is folks will trade packaged and shipped foods for fresh and locally grown items like the ones of Gina's farm.

 

"Eating local food is more than just fresh products," Nikki Seibert, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, said.  "It's about supporting the local economy and being a part of this community that is producing healthy foods that are grown without chemicals. They are more nutritious because they haven't been shipped across the country."

 

Eating local can start with buying food at a farmers market or eating at restaurants that serve dishes made from local foods. 

To register to for the eat local challenge: http://www.scribd.com/doc/131319597/2013-Eat-Local-Challenge#fullscreen

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