Eat Local Challenge

Edible Santa Barbara is sponsoring an Eat Local Challenge for the month of October. The Challenge encourages people to take a personal pledge to eat and drink local products October 1–31.

What is it and how can I participate?

Participate in the Eat Local Challenge and take a personal pledge to eat only foods produced within a 100- or 150-mile radius of your home, or within the tri-county region, or within California. Decide if you are going to make any exceptions (such as for coffee, tea or spices), but try to stay as local as possible.

When you decide to take the challenge, you take the first step toward a sustainable and delicious lifestyle change. Throughout October we’ll be posting ideas to inspire and inform you on how to access local food, cook with local ingredients and seek out and support local farmers, fishermen, food and beverage artisans.

And, don’t worry if you’ve joined on or after October 1st, you can participate anytime. By the end of the month, you will be eating well and supporting your local community.

Here’s an introductory video about the Eat Local Challenge:



Last year we did a weekly email newsletter assignment, here are a couple of the projects:

Day 1: Clean Out Your Pantry

Day 2: Start a Food Diary

Day 3: Shop Local

Get more involved in the Eat Local Challenge:

Follow us on Facebook at EdibleSantaBarbara, and on Instagram and Twitter at EdibleSB

Use #EatLocalSB and tag us at @EdibleSB on Twitter or Instagram.

If you are blogging or would like to share your experiences, email us at


How Can Find Local Food? How Do I Get Started?

Start by reading “Your Guide to Eating Local: The Eat Local Challenge and Beyond.”

You can find lots of resources right here on this website. Check the Edible Guide for local businesses.

Read Janice Cook Knight’s article on the Eat Local Challenge for more inspiration.

Read “Building a Locavore Pantry” blog posting on our website.

Book Recommendation: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver — available at Tecolote Bookshop in Montecito and other local bookstores.