Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year from Ithaca's Food Web!

Can you believe it's 2011?!  And with the new year comes the cliched opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

I created Ithaca’s Food Web in March 2009 as a one-woman volunteer effort. At its most basic, it’s a blog that features local news about local food, right here in Ithaca, Tompkins County, and the Finger Lakes region. Here, you can read about what’s happening in the local food scene -- from growing food to eating it, including all the complicated issues in between.

But I hope that this site is much more than that. If you think about a food web -- a diagram that links living things based on who eats what -- it’s really all about those connections. And, if you follow those connections to the extreme, they link us with our neighbors -- farmers, activists, chefs, academics, and so on -- with people around the globe, with the bugs, rodents, and other living things in the field, and with air, water, and land we depend on.

Ithaca’s Food Web is about paying attention to those connections and learning how changes at one end of the food web ripple through and affect us all.

I welcome you to read, say hello via email, pass along your ideas and feedback, comment on posts, offer to write guest posts, and start making connections. Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year. And happy growing, finding, buying, preserving, cooking, and eating in 2011!

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