L.E.S.S. is More...
A Local, Edible, Sustainable, Smart eating lifestyle and its benefits, in the Susquehanna Valley region
In spring 2010, students in UNIV269: Mindful Consumption, learned about the importance of being aware of their surroundings. One area that economics professors Nancy White and Janet Knoedler, who co-teach the course, focused on was the practice of mindful food consumption. The students decided to complete an academic project with three main objectives:
- to establish the environmental, economic, and health benefits of switching to a more local, responsible diet;
- to build a comprehensive inventory of local farms, community-supported agriculture or CSAs, and other businesses that incorporate environmentally sound and sustainable practices; and
- to convey the information to target audiences in an understandable and engaging way.
The students called their work the "L.E.S.S. is More" lifestyle - or Local, Edible, Sustainable, and Smart way to consume food.
Local Lewisburg Network:
The L.E.S.S. is More information that the students assembled includes local producers within a short distance from Bucknell University who practice sustainable, organic, and/or ethical farming practices, namely local farms, community-supported agriculture (CSAs) and provincial markets. The information is intended to help promote the local economy and facilitate a healthy, sustainable and responsible lifestyle for Bucknellians and Lewisburg residents.
- Local Farms
Local farms within a 30-mile radius of Bucknell that are most consistent with the ideals of organic and sustainable farming, grouped into five different food categories:
- Community-Supported Agriculture
CSAs that represent environmental responsibility, sustainable farming practices, and are accessible to local consumers.
- Markets and Businesses
Food-related markets and/or business that provide unique products to local consumers.
Sources used for creating the local network.