Local Food Wanaka is the forum for projects, events and resources in the Upper Clutha region, aiming to promote local food initiatives.
Why is local food important?
- It tastes good. The less the distance from the earth to your plate, the better the food tastes.
- It provides local jobs and supports the local economy.
- It creates resiliency for the community in the event of natural disaster or economic crisis.
- It promotes health by encouraging the eating of fresh seasonal produce. Direct contact with nature when growing and harvesting food promotes physical and mental wellbeing.
- It connects people back into the natural cycles of life.
- It connects up the people who grow the food with those who eat it, thus strengthening community and giving more control to both producers and customers.
- It gives people a sense of satisfaction and security.
- It’s good for the planet. Food miles create pollution and use up non-renewable resources.
- It’s good for people, who generally love growing and eating and sharing kai.