Are you a locavore?
The word "locavore" was coined by Local Foods Wheel co-creator Jessica Prentice. In 2005, she and two other San Francisco Bay Area women, Dede Sampson and Sage Van Wing, had hatched a plan to challenge Bay Area residents to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for the entire month of August. They came up with a catchy name, launched a website, and the movement grew like a zucchini in the summer (Locavore was even the 2007 Word of the Year for the Oxford American Dictionary!).
Today, all three of the original locavores are still deeply involved in food. Dede works for Bon Appetit Management Company, where she's chef coordinator at the teaching kitchen on the Google campus. Sage us currently Executive Producer of the daily public affairs talk show on Oregon's NPR affiliate, Oregon Public Broadcasting. As anyone who watches Portlandia knows, Portlanders are serious foodies and Sage is happy to have found a home among them. And Jessica co-founded a thriving community supported kitchen (learn more about her on our "about" page).
Busy with their work, none of the three women has had time to keep up with the original website and the long list of "locavores" who signed up for the challenge, so we've moved the site here and hope to begin growing it again soon. To stay up-to-date on Locavore and Local Foods Wheel news, please fill out the newsletter form at the bottom of this page.