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How Can You Become a Locavore?

Becoming a locavore involves making significant changes from your previous "industrial eater" lifestyle. Here you will find several options for altering your habits, listed from the least time consuming changes to the most.

  1. The easiest change to make is dining out at restaurants that support local food.
  2. A woman shopping at Ward's Supermarket.
  3. The next step is changing how and where you shop. In Gainesville, farmers markets abound and there is a family-run grocer, Ward's Supermarket, that sells local produce and other products. If you can't bring yourself to stop shopping at chain grocers, like Publix and Wal-Mart, you can still check labels and request that these stores support more local food.
  4. If you're ready to make the commitment to eating locally, joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) program might be a good option for you.
  5. People who have more time might want to try gardening. You can garden at home or plant your veggies in one of many plots in a community garden.
  6. Finally, there are several organizations you can support or join to help the local food movement and more resources to keep you informed.