The home of BBQ…. Oh yeahh!
Tonight was the first gig in Houston, the town famous for bbq food. Tonight volunteers were spreading the message in the South of America about food injustices and how we can feed our new population by supporting small scale farmers.
This isn’t a ‘rocket science kinda message’, this is ‘real easy to grasp’ (like what I’m doing with my American style speech); Oxfam wants to make sure smaller farmers get the support and training they need so they too can be part of business supply chains. It seems people in Houston are well versed when talking about food as I discovered when I researched places to eat in the area.
Yesterday I spent some time on the net looking for good places to eat in downtown Houston, when I came across a website called Transition Houston. Here you can share information about local food, seasonal recipes and there is even space for people to swap resources on their forum. One guy was offering fresh soil for people’s veg patches!
And it isn’t just websites that offered this information, The Houston Food Policy Work group have taken the next step in actively supporting local farmers and started a offline group that meets once a month to discuss and promote locally grown produce. Anyone can attend, they even go rural on you guys with a quarterly meeting held in rural areas to allow partners to attend.
So if you feel like doing more about buying food locally to support smaller farmers, The Houston Food Policy Workgroup meets in the Upper Kirby District 2nd floor board room at 11:30 on the second Wednesday of each month. You should go along.
Houston also has a huge amount of farmer’s markets in the city. Including Canino’s Produce what is open every day. I just wish I had time to sample it all. It seems like Houston know more about our GROW campaign than they realised by already supporting local farmers.
So tonight it was no surprise that many people signed up to the campaign and really understood our work with Coldplay. Some approached us to find out what we were doing next and wanting to join our campaign. One volunteer even broke the record of signing up 121 people! Good job everyone tonight and Houston, thank you for your warm welcome. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for me here in Houston and how many farmers I will speak to.