Years ago, I read a book that changed the way I looked at food. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver introduced me to the term “locavore”.
Locavore, as listed on dictionary.com is a person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
is not a rollicking adventure, nor is it a page-turner type of mystery (it’s still good-you should read it); but it is a book that enhanced my interest in what is known as the “100-mile diet”. You can check it out at Lied Randolph Public Library
It is also the reason that I raise Buff Orpington chickens.
Buff Orpingtons are known for their great mothering instincts, they lay brown eggs, and are also good meat birds. I love watching them chase bugs and fight over grasshoppers as they free-range out here on the farm. This momma is all fluffed up and ready to protect her brood!
The author, Barbara Kingsolver and her family vowed, for one year, to eat foods only available within 100 miles from their home (with only a few exceptions). Wow, what an undertaking! As much as I admired this, I knew it was not going to happen at my house…I like chocolate and lemons and pepper and olives too much!
It was recommended on an online Gardening group after I mentioned Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. This book not only added to the story, it gave me assignments in the “your turn” sections. I highly recommend that you read this nonfiction book. Or better yet, do what I did and download the audiobook
. I listened to the book while picking lemons in our 85 degree greenhouse while it was 8 degrees outside. Pfanny’s Farm is changing the way a 100 mile diet looks in Northeast Nebraska!
Vicki Robin not only shares her perspective on what it means to be a locavore she helps you understand WHY you should be one! She doesn’t just tell you what you should do, she helps guide the reader in figuring out HOW to do it. Vicki went a step further than a 100 mile diet-she accepted the challenge of a hyper-local 10 mile diet…WHAT?!? She committed to 10 days instead of a whole year. Ms. Robin also offered a little leeway by accepting 10 “exotics”-foods you couldn’t source within the radius of your pre-determined mileage.
The book received mixed reviews, and I’ll admit, if I had read the physical book, I may have skimmed a few parts…it’s harder to do that with an audiobook.
So…you should read this book. In fact, we will soon be hosting a book discussion and some associated events…stay tuned for more information to come!
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