Your Local Foodshed
We suggest you think of your local foodshed as 1) the area that you should look to first for your food and 2) the area you should feel most responsible for in terms of its overall health and ability to maintain sustainable food production.
In order to maintain and increase our level of local food production, we need to ensure that our foodsheds are not only resilient to disruptions caused by climate change, but well-adapted to remain productive in a new and changing climate.
Mitigation is the Most Important Adaptation
Just as important, or actually more important, as adaptation is the need to adjust how we use our local foodshed to help reduce greenhouse gasses to avoid truly catastrophic changes in our climate.
Choose your starting point below, but don’t delay in getting to the “Adapting” stage. This can be done for any area you live in, but we have special resources for the SW US & Four Corners and for SW Colorado & the San Juan Mountains.
- Mapping Your Local Foodshed (pdf) and gathering data on economic, social, and environmental foodshed health can be useful to better understand your foodshed and overall food system, so you can decide on the changes needed. You can do this quite thoroughly, rather quickly, or skip it for now and get on to “Adapting” below.
- Monitoring the Health of Your Local Foodshed (pdf) will help you keep track of critical changes in your foodshed including climate change and biodiversity, effectiveness of your work to improve your foodshed, and indicators of health of the foodshed. It can also help raise awareness in your community of the need for action, and we especially urge you to consider the Observing Indicators of Foodshed Health as a way to engage producers, schools, and the whole community in this effort.
- Adapting How You Use Your Local Foodshed to a Changing Climate (pdf) is about adjusting, rebuilding, and if necessary, redesigning your local foodshed use to cope with climate changes underway, to be more productive, and to help reduce the impacts of food production on our climate.