A map project showing city dwellers where to go to find local food. Elements that could be included:
- Locations and scheduling of local farmer's markets
- Grocers that carry locally supplied produce
- Restaurants that source ingredients and produce locally
- Community gardening projects
The map could also include a broader picture of the region:
- Farm locations with information on what kinds of goods are produced during which seasons
- Information on local food growers - stories about specific family-owned farms etc., that would humanize the picture of local food production
Connecting to the Bigger Picture
If this was created on a large scale as an online interactive project, individuals as well as business owners could contribute information about local restaurants who source locally, and grocers who offer local goods. This means community members could share tips on the best places to shop and patronize, and business owners could use it as a means of promoting themselves for their efforts to source locally and ethically. This means there would be the added effect of encouraging businesses towards better practices.
The kind of narrative-style data such as that collected for apps like Louise's 'Building Transparency App' ( /open/localfood/concepting/building-transparency-app/), and Susan's 'Food Individualizer' ( /open/localfood/concepting/food-individualizer/) could also be applied here. For example - click on a region to learn about the nature of food production in the area, or specific examples of local growers, producers, etc.
A wider international picture of food production in different areas of the world might also contribute to a compelling narrative, connecting food consumption to a clearer story of it's production for individual consumers.
Alternatively, on a smaller low-tech scale, I think a paper version on a city specific basis would be great as an insert in Jennifer Yen's 'Local Foods Welcome Basket'. It could focus on local farmer's markets and restaurants and food retailers who source locally, and could include recipes and other relevant information about the city and the region.
This could also work with a rating system project like the Golden Eggplant ( /open/localfood/concepting/localicious-and-the-golden-eggplant/).