Register for the 2016 Challenge

Select your challenge and commitments; you can even join up with friends and family.

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Who did the 2015 Challenge?

2014 Challenge Participants Blogs

The challenges

Take on a challenge to suit your situation

  • Bite-sized challenge

    Choose one thing for each day

    (7 things)

  • Meal-sized challenge

    Choose two or more things for each day (14+ things)

  • Feast-sized challenge

    Commit to eat only locally and sustainably produced food during the week.

Here’s some of the things you can do…

Find & Meet
  • Shop at a farmers’ market
  • Source farm-gate produce
  • Source local meats or cheeses
  • Go foraging! – eat edible weeds
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Buy in bulk (minimise packaging)
  • Shop at a local food coop (take your own containers)
  • Source free-range or organic meats
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Don’t use the supermarkets this week. Shop at local independent grocers, butchers, delis.
Eat & Cook
  • Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic fruit & veggies per day
  • Dine at a café or restaurant with sustainable features
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Cook with local oils or grains
  • Sip on local milk, juice, beers or wine
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Make your own butter
  • Make your yoghurt
  • Make your own ferments (ie. fetta, sauerkraut, ginger beer, kimchi, pickled foods)
  • Make your own ice-cream
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Go meat free (vegetarian)
  • Go meat and dairy free (vegan)
Grow & Share
  • Find out more about and try food preserving – bottling, drying, freezing
  • Start a herb box or mini-plot (can be single pot on the porch, or something more in the garden)
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Start a worm farm
  • Gather with friends for a local ‘pot-luck’ meal
  • Attend a local food swap
  • Visit a local community garden
Learn & Participate
  • Join a CSA farm
  • Join a food coop
  • Read a relevant book
  • Host a book discussion
  • Join a relevant community network such as a permaculture group, transition initiative, seed savers network or slow food group
  • Like Local Harvest on Facebook, or follow on Twitter
  • Volunteer at a farm, school garden or community garden
Be an agent of change (Super spy!)
  • Ask you local café for their coffee grounds for your garden
  • Sign up and campaign against genetic engineered foods, with Geneethics, Madge or the True Foods Network
  • Lobby your local grocer, deli or favourite café to include more local produce
  • Ask you representatives (councillors, state and federal parliamentarians) to support organic farming
  • Speak with your school canteen about local sourcing
  • Start a garden in your community or school (or nature strip)