A new initiative called "Home for Thanksgiving" is being launched which encourages families to incorporate at least one locally grown item in their holiday feasts. The campaign, led by the Great Basin Community Food Co-op, aims to provide an easily attainable way to introduce new people to the local food movement.
"We thought this would be a fun way for everyone to try locally grown ingredients," said Jolene Cook, co-general manager of the Co-op. "We hope this becomes a new tradition for area families not only because this food is delicious and healthful, but also because local food purchases benefit area farmers and help connect our community to those who grow our food."
The Nevada Department of Agriculture and Buy Nevada have joined in to help to promote the campaign.
"The Nevada Department of Agriculture and its Buy Nevada program are pleased to partner with the Great Basin Community Food Co-op on the Home for Thanksgiving campaign," said Bob Conrad, the Department's public information officer. "The Co-op and Buy Nevada are great sources for finding locally grown Nevada food, and we encourage everyone to include Nevada made and grown food products into their Thanksgiving meals and as much as possible throughout the year."
NevadaGrown, a local nonprofit that helps foster the success of sustainable agriculture and promotes healthy eating habits, has also backed the effort.
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