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Cultivate Simple 7: Going Local

November 19th, 2012

Sourcing food and products from local producers is good for the local economy and it makes you feel good. In this week’s show we discuss local eating and buying, how we got started, and the many benefits of doing so.

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11 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 7: Going Local”
  1. Jessica on November 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love “A Feast Nearby.” It’s such a beautiful book – it’s a lovely story and well-written, but it’s also chock full of useful information. And the way it’s put together – as kind of a collection of essays – it’s easy to reread a bit at a time, which is what I do throughout the year.

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    • Diana @ frontyardfoodie on February 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      That book has blown my mind. I am just finishing it and that plus these podcasts are changing my life. Going to do everything different.

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  2. Mich on November 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I enjoyed reading both Barbara Kingsolver & Kristen Kimball books. Will try the local library for ‘A feast nearby’ I am currently reading ‘Living seasonally’ having come up trumps on Amazon Uk! :)
    Am very lucky as have a great farm shop near me, local meat, eggs and veg. Also a great farmers market in my village but only once a month!

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  3. DebbieB on November 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Best episode yet. I’ve just recently bought the Kingsolver book and can’t wait to read it.

    I left a review on iTunes (yes, a 5-star review, because Cultivate Simple is a 5-star podcast!!!) But I accidentally misspelled Susy’s name – please forgive me, it was unintentional.

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    • Susy on November 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Not a problem on the misspelling (my dad does it too). Thanks also for the 5 star review – we certainly appreciate it.

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  4. Greg on November 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Susy (& Brian), loved your thoughts on insurance (and how it used to be community). Have had many similar thoughts. We keep moving further away from community and relationship as a culture, and it’s definitely made us less. I like enjoy supporting local/small businesses as much as possible, too. Fun episode! (Lucy was the fail of the week! Poor doggie …) :( Keep up the good work (and don’t forget to rest!) :)

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  5. Melissa on November 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Excellent podcast! The hour+ flew by and I really enjoyed hearing your voices and perspective. I did a little dinner prep (venison sausage!) and knitting while I listened. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to go back and listen to the other podcasts and check out the other book recommendations. Thank you, thank you. Blessings to you both!

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    • Melissa on November 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Oh, and I’ll be adding one of your calendars to my Christmas wishlist! It’s absolutely breathtaking. I’ve been reading your blog for years, though I rarely comment, and I’ve always wanted one of your calendars. This IS the year (fingers crossed!) I’m on my way to itunes to leave a 5-star review. : )

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      • Susy on November 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks so much, I especially love this calendar as well!

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  6. angie h on November 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite podcast so far!! Your blog and our chats have inspired and motivated me to go farther and farther than I ever anticipated with real and local food. I have lots to still learn and many items on my list to change and re-source, I am loving this podcast as an additional resource. I feel like I am having coffee with Susy and Brian which is a nice hold over until we get to hang out again!

    I particularly liked your mention of tradition and community. I am a lover of traditions and it is scary that we are becoming so removed from that aspect of life-it holds such an important role in society, culture, and the whole human experience. Real, local food brings it back. And I think my favorite thing so far (other then the health benefits), has been all of the wonderful people I have met because of it.

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  7. daisy on November 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Great podcast. So timely. We are actually using the Local Harvest site to help us find our next community. Eating locally and organically is something we are working toward, so we are finding areas in North Carolina where organic farms, CSAs and farmer’s markets abound.

    Our local farmer’s market here in Florida does not have any self-producing farms, everything is picked up at another location and brought to our town. Not what we are looking for.

    I recently finished The Dirty Life and it was excellent! What an accomplishment those folks achieved!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and showing us the way to making a better life and community. Continued blessings…daisy

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