Want to take action to for local food? Here are our top three ways to support local food in Lethbridge.
Bees are important pollinators for food crops, pollinating up to 70% of our food. Bees populations are declining, in part due to habitat loss.
Identify the plant species that will benefit the bees the most. Plants such as lavender, white clover and thyme are good choices for southern Alberta. Beware of seed mixes that may contain invasive or weedy species. Contact the Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts for more information.
Food waste makes up nearly half of the materials that are thrown into our landfill. However, food waste is a valuable resource that could be composted or otherwise used.
To get started, you will need a backyard composter. These can be purchased directly from the City of Lethbridge. This guide to composting will give you step-by-step information to set up and use your composter.
Farmer’s markets are an easy way to access food from local farms and to chat with local farmers.
Lethbridge has three farmer’s market locations each summer, at Exhibition Park, downtown and on the west side. For complete details, click here.
Looking for even more ways to take action? Check out these other suggestions:
Learn what foods are in season.
Go to a farmer’s market 1 more time per month than usual.
Buy directly from local farmers or from businesses that support local farmers.
Join a CSA (food box) program and get fresh, local food.
When shopping, choose local stores and products when possible.
Aim for 10% more of your purchases being local compared to your current level.
Avoid overbuying – buy only what you need. Make a list before shopping and stick to it.
Freeze leftovers that you don’t plan on eating in the next two days.
If you don’t already have a garden, learn to grow a few of your favourite vegetables and fruits.
Join or start a community garden.
Cook more meals at home.
Take a cooking class to expand your menu.
Incorporate more vegetables and fruit into your weekly meals.