Food Activist Handbook,
The Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community
Small steps can create big changes in your community’s food quality and food security, helping to get more healthy food to more people and support a better food system. Ali Berlow shows you dozens of things that anyone can do, from creating a neighborhood kitchen for preserving fresh food to mapping farmland, growing food in aquaponics, connecting food pantries with food producers, starting a school garden, and organizing a community composting initiative. Every action you take can help keep farmers on the land and family farms intact, keep money in the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint associated with food transportation, and preserve local landscapes. If you’ve had enough of E. coli scares, disappearing farmland, pesticide problems, and hunger in your community, this inspiring book will show you exactly how one person really can make a difference.
How we eat is garnering a lot of attention, as our famously unhealthy diet has wreaked havoc on both our bodies and our environment. In response there’s a movement to bring healthier food to our tables. But where’s an individual to start?
In The Food Activist Handbook, author Ali Berlow, who’s been at the forefront of good-food initiatives in her hometown on Martha’s Vineyard, shares her grassroots experience organizing people and developing programs with proven results. She offers dozens of steps, both large and small, that individuals can take in their communities, from starting a school garden to organizing a community composting program, and much more.
Berlow proﬁles nonproﬁts, farmers, teachers, activists, cooks, schools, government agencies, and consumers from around the country who are working to improve their food communities. Packed with practical advice and insider know-how, The Food Activist Handbook is an indispensable resource for anyone committed to making a difference in how and what we eat.
About the Author:
Ali Berlow is the author of The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse, the co-owner of Edible Vineyard, and has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She got her start in 2002 with the NPR essay series “A Cook’s Notebook". Nine years ago Ali founded Island Grown Initiative, a grassrooots non-profit on Martha's Vineyard. Under her leadership and vision, Island Grown Initiative launched many of the types of projects and ventures described in this book. She lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts and in Putney, Vermont.