Planet Local Examples
Australia, Food Swapping and The Fitzroy Urban Harvest:
The Fitzroy Urban Harvest Food Swap provides a space at a local park in Melbourne’s inner city where people meet monthly to exchange produce, seeds, cuttings, eggs, jam, chutney, flowers, jars, recipes and gardening tips. There is no money involved and no proviso that participants should take the equivalent of what they contribute. Rather, people are encouraged to take what they want. Read more
To learn more about The Fitzroy Urban Harvest or to connect with other similar projects throughout Australia, visit: Fitzroy Urban Harvest Food Swap
Canada, Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery:
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Scipper Otto’s has taken the popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model and applied it to the realm of seafood. Members of the “Community Supported Fishery”, or CSF, buy shares and receive installments of local, sustainably-caught seafood throughout the fishing season. Read more
To learn more, visit: Skipper Otto’s website
China, Little Donkey Farm:
This diversified organic farm hosts the first community supported agriculture (CSA) initiative in China. Located in a village just northwest of Beijing, Little Donkey Farm’s CSA has hundreds of members, while several hundred more families rent small plots of land from the farm – giving them a place to take a break from the city and plant their own gardens. Read more
To learn more visit the Little Donkey Farm. Or listen to the NPR story, How Community Supported Agriculture Sprouted In China.
Guatemala, Ixpiyakok Women’s Association:
Founded in 1984, the Ixpiyakok Women’s Association (ADEMI) is a local food organization run by and for women and families in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango region. ADEMI originally comprised a small group of Mayan widows who wished to combat malnutrition in their community. Now, ADEMI has grown to promote the value and health benefits of ancient seed varieties, native heirloom fruits and vegetables and family gardening in over thirty communities in the region. Read more
To learn more about ADEMI, check out this Equator case study (PDF) or the ADEMI website.
Honduras, The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras:
The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) has spent decades fighting for the rights of the Garifuna people, who emerged from a history of colonialism with the knowledge that small-scale farming and fishing can bring liberation and autonomy. Through women’s empowerment, legal action, community radio, and local assemblies, OFRANEH’s defense of the Garifuna has come to encompass land rights, cultural expression, and food security. Read more
Learn more at OFRANEH’s website.
India, Vrihi & Basudha:
Vrihi & Basudha were originally established to save heirloom rice varieties, and to encourage the non-commercial exchange of seeds among local farmers. After nearly 20 years, Vrihi is now “the largest folk rice seed bank in eastern India”, with over 940 endangered varieties in its collection. Basudha, meanwhile, serves as an interdisciplinary research farm where sophisticated ecological studies are conducted to evaluate the differences between chemical versus ecological farming systems.
Read the full story on Medium: Saving Our Lives One Seed at a Time: Part I.
New Zealand, Backyard Honeybees:
This small business based in Christchurch, New Zealand, allows the city’s residents to host their own beehives – and produce their own honey – by offering fully managed bee hives for rent to the home gardener. Read more
Learn more at http://www.beezthingz.co.nz.
Palestine, Palestine Heirloom Seed Library:
The Palestinian West Bank is one of the regions where agriculture was first practiced, with many ancient seed varieties native to the area. But lately, Palestinian farming culture has fallen under threat. The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library works to preserve the area’s rare and precious seed varieties, and other aspects of the farming culture, before it is too late.
Read the full story on Medium: Saving Our Lives One Seed at a Time: Part I.
Thailand, Pun Pun Center for Self-Reliance:
Pun Pun is an organic farm and intentional community, as well as a center for seed- saving and sustainable living and learning, just north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Members of the Pun Pun community also run two restaurants in Chiang Mai City, where they serve local, organic, GMO-free food, created to highlight the value of the diverse traditional seed varieties grown and saved at Pun Pun.
Read the full story on Medium: Saving Our Lives one Seed at a Time: Part II.
UK, Incredible Edible Todmorden:
This small NGO began by providing the village of Todmordon with free access to local, organic produce by planting fruit trees, vegetables and herbs in public spaces throughout the town. Community members come out to tend the gardens together on weekends and everyone is welcome share the bounty. Now, they’re helping towns all over the world do the same. Read more
For more information, visit Incredible Edible’s website.
UK, The Real Food Store:
The Real Food Store is the first community-owned grocery store in Exeter, UK – but it’s so much more than your average grocery: it’s a vibrant hub reconnecting local consumers with local producers, and reweaving the fabric of local interdependence severed in the process of globalization. Read more
To learn more, visit The Real Food Store’s website.
USA, Food Forward:
Food Forward connects quality produce that would normally be thrown away with the people who need it most. Working throughout the Los Angeles, California area, Food Forward “rescues” 300,000 pounds of food per week from fruit trees and farmers markets. Through their many diverse partners, over 100,000 people per month (many of them with limited access to produce) are able to take home fresh, high-quality food that would otherwise have gone to waste. Read more
To learn more, visit foodforward.org.
USA, LA Compost:
This community composting initiative uses “compost hubs” throughout Los Angeles, CA to educate the public on the importance of compost, gather communities to work and play together, and connect people with the soil that feeds them. Read more
Learn more at LA Compost’s website.
USA, Native Seeds:
Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is a nonprofit organization working to promote seed diversity and food security in the southwest region of the United States. Founded in 1983 as a humble operation with seeds stored in chest freezers, NS/S now preserves nearly 2,000 varieties of indigenous desert seeds, including many rare and endangered species. Read more
To learn more, visit Native Seeds/SEARCH’s website.
USA, Pine Island Community Farm:
Pine Island Community Farm supports New American farmers — most of whom came to the U.S. as refugees — as they raise goats, chickens and garden crops in their new country. Many New Americans were farmers in their home countries, and Pine Island helps to send the message that they are welcome to live the lives they want in the United States.
Read the full story on Medium: Refugees Put Down Roots Through Community Farming.
USA, Soul Fire Farm:
This biodiverse family farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They do so by working to reconnect diverse communities with the land, with a particular focus on young people –– training up the next generation of activist-farmers to join in a movement for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
Read the full story on Medium: Fighting a Racist Food System through Local Farming.
USA, Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Greenwave:
Thimble Island Ocean Farm uses “3D ocean farming” to grow sustainable kelp and seafood, rejuvenate ecosystems, combat climate change, and create local jobs along Long Island Sound. Greenwave, meanwhile, supports ocean health by training and supporting a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators.
Sound a bit confusing? It’s definitely worth reading more!
You can read this article written by Thimble Island founder Bren Smith: The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution. Or visit the websites for Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Greenwave. (Be sure to watch the short films!)
Zimbabwe, Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum & Shashe Agroecology School:
Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum & Shashe Agroecology School both work to support smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe as they exchange ideas about agroecology, reconnect with traditional farming practices, and lobby to protect their livelihoods from seed patent laws, the World Trade Organization and transnational corporations.
Read the full story on Medium: Small Farmers Fight for their Future in Zimbabwe.
More related Planet Local examples:
- Guatemala, Ixpiyakok Women’s Association
- Hungary, Cargonomia
- Indonesia, Geng Motor Imut
- Japan, The Seikatsu Club
- USA, Agrarian Trust
- USA, Credibles
- USA, Homeless Garden Project
- South Africa, Earthlore (Mupo Foundation) and Dzomo la Mupo
- USA, Dream of Wild Health
- Zimbabwe, The Chikukwa Project