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Novato Live Well Network
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Novato, CA 94948-1647



Locavores challenge themselves to purchase food grown within a 100 mile radius of their home. In addition to supporting local agriculture, it brings awareness and appreciation about where food comes from. Shopping locally for our food also helps us "step lightly" on our planet by reducing carbon emissions and natural resources used to transport the food we eat. "The good news is that we are fortunate to live in an agriculturally abundant area of Northern California. With West Marin, Sonoma County, and other agricultural communities located in our own backyard, we can eat locally grown and pasture raised foods 12 months out of the year." explains Locavores of Novato Coordinator, Heidi Kertel.

Read our Letter to the Editor the Novato Advance about the importance of this "locavore" concept.

LOCAVORE TIPS: Start by shopping at the local Farmers Market. This is the best way to discover what eating locally and seasonally is all about. Ask questions; most of the growers are happy to talk to you about their products. After you have stocked up at the Farmers Market, then head off to your local grocery store. Seek out the local products offered there as well. Again, ask questions of the store managers and encourage them to stock locally grown food. Kertel is also working with Apple Market and Marin Organic in hopes of stocking more local meat, produce and other products at this neighborhood store. Heidi Kertel will be developing other programs to assist the community in pursuing this new way of purchasing and eating.

Guideline for Eating Well from

The Real Food Revival: by Sherri Brooks Vinton and Ann Clark Espuelas
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life: by Barbara Kingsolver,
Omnivore's Dilemma: by Michael Pollen


Marin Organic:
n addition to promoting local organic agriculture, Marin Organic has many projects that address environmental issues, such as Salmon Safe certification and a popular farmer education workshop series, as well as a variety of programs which focus on community health, such as its Organic School Lunch Program and a CSA box program in an under served community in Marin. Marin Organic is an association of organic producers in Marin County whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of place. As the primary link between farmers and eaters, Marin Organic is committed to creating the first all-organic county in the nation; a county in which growers and the people who rely on them recognize their mutual interdependence.

Marin Farmers Markets:
A wonderful, delectable outdoor experience: local and California farmers, ranchers and food purveyors all in one location! Sample and buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, sweets, and other wonderful foods made by many small and family owned businesses. Ask questions and learn about the food and the seasons. Include a visit to the crafts section. Listen to music and entertainment. An event for all ages, especially children who love to meet the farmers and sample foods that they wouldn't eat at home! Visit MCFMA Markets web page to see a list of locations and hours.

Join A CSA: Community Supported Agriculture:
Local Harvest ( explains a CSA as follows: "Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, coffee, or any sort of different farm products.

"A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season."

Locate CSA's in your area: Go to and type in your zip code and state to see the CSAs you can support in your area.

A CSA in Petaluma that serves Novato is Canvas Ranch. To learn about their local harvest, go to

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
MALT was the first land trust in the United States to focus on farmland preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County, California, MALT acquires agricultural conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners. MALT also encourages public policies that support and enhance agriculture.

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In 2007 t he New Oxford American Dictionary name "locavore" the new Word of the Year.