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25 ways to be a good steward

Dear ACGA members,

I think this list is worth sharing  with as many people as you can. The
original comes from  Mary Hendrickson, of Missouri's Food Circles Networking

 I hope no one is offended if I've changed the word "parish"in the original
to read "faith organization". I feel that this way more people will feel
that it  applies to them and their community.

Can anyone come up with any other additions?

Laura Berman

 25 Ways to Be a Good Steward of all Creation
                      Compiled by Mary Hendrickson
1. Spend $10/week on locally produced foods.
2. Be thankful for your food and reflect on the goodness of creation
before eating any food.
3. Seek out foods processed locally.
4. Buy as much of your food as you can from a farmer whose face you can see,
whose farm you can visit.
5. Become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm [or
program's like Toronto's Good Food Box ] and get wonderful local, seasonal
produce from May through October.
6. Buy a CSA membership for a friendıs birthday or Christmas present.
7. Donate locally produced and processed meat, milk, eggs and fresh produce
to local food pantries so all members of your community can havewholesome
8. Encourage your faith organization to subsidize CSA shares for families
with limited resources.
9. Ask your supermarket manager to stock locally produced fruits and
vegetables in season.
10. Lead your faith organization in organizing a garden to produce food for
fellowship meals and donate the surplus to a local food pantry.
11. Plant a garden and experience the wonder of growing life.
12. Take ³local² food to your faith organization's dinner and make sure
everyone knows it's local!
13. Educate yourself about how our food system presently works so you know
where your food comes from.
14. Tell all your family and friends why you eat food that is healthy for
you, your community and creation.
15. Help create links between your childıs school lunch program and local
16. Buy only meat that you know has been produced humanely and sustainably.
17. Ask your waitress for specials featuring locally, sustainably produced
18. Donate land at your faith organization to help those without space to
grow their own food.
19. Help protect local water quality by using pesticide-free agriculture and
food products.
20. Give freely of your expertise in growing food to whoever needs it.
21. Learn how to freeze, can and store seasonal fruits and vegetables
produced in your local area.
22. Teach others about preserving local food by organizing canning and
preserving sessions at your faith organization or in your home.
23. Learn how to cook using whole or less-processed food to save on
packaging, to be healthy and to become more self-reliant.
24. Educate yourself about the benefits of eating a diet that includes lots
of fresh produce and whole grains.
25. Accept responsibility for making sure that all members of your community
have access to an adequate supply of wholesome food.
Mary Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Co-director, Food Circles Networking Project
Extension Assistant Professor
Department of Rural Sociology
105 Sociology
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Website: http://www.foodcircles.missouri.edu
Tele: 573-882-7463
Fax: 573-882-1473

Laura Berman
Community Garden Programme Coordinator
FoodShare Toronto
238 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z7
Phone:   (416) 392-1668
Fax:        (416) 392-6650
email: laura@foodshare.net
web:    www.foodshare.net

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