Stéphanie Carin wants her children to eat as well as she did while growing up in Great Britain where her mom prepared traditional wholesome foods and meats from her father’s butcher shop. Organic foods are part of Stéphanie’s family meal time experience. Equally important to her are the organic farmers in France. Within the last year, Stéphanie has compiled up to 2.700 organic farmers on her website Biogis.“Bios (organic foods) in France are a new phenomena compared to Germany and Austria who lead in many environmental areas. The idea of Biogis is to act as a conduit between organic farmers and customers.”Grocery stores take approximately 70% of the profit and Stephanie wants to track organic foods to the table.“Biogis gives a voice to the farmer, where they can share their food passion and work behind their product.”Innovative ideas, such as agro-ecological farming where farmers are bringing back traditional land use practices and biodiversity are exemplified on Biogis. Some farmers moved from conventional-chemical farming to organic because they realized they were poisoning themselves and the customers. From 110 hectare to 10 hectare in scale and a diversity of personalities, Stéphanie believes that the farmers have one thing in common… they do this work not for the money, but for the love of true farming and the care of the earth. The germination of Biogis to facilitate the networking between farmers and with their customers is a large sustainable step for France.
SPONSOR KIM FOX TUCSON’S AMBASSADOR OF LOCAL FOOD AS SHE BIKES ACROSS EUROPE FOR LOCAL AGRICULTURE
WHO is Kim Fox? Kim Fox is Tucson's micro-urban farmer and food activist, dedicated to community education and local food production. As founder of Pachamama's Garden, she designs urban sites for food production and distribution. Her community education programs focus on local food production, soil science, food security and health. In 2009 over 215 students and visitors attended education programs and tours of Pachamama’s Garden. Kim’s urban farm also demonstrates conversion of food waste and manures into living soils via composting and vermiculture systems. Kim is an observer of and participant in local and international foodways. She has traveled to 25 countries, working on small farms and urban gardens, visiting farmers' markets, participating in food culture and customs, and observing local food production and distribution methods.
HOW is Kim Fox an Ambassador of Local Food? Beginning in June 2010, Kim will take a sabbatical from her farming and education work in Tucson to travel by bicycle across Europe from Paris, France, to Vilnius,Lithuania. She will engage with people who manage urban and rural farms, gardens, farmers' markets, food banks, seed banks, and public and private agencies in order to exchange perspectives and information on methods of urban sustainable agriculture production and distribution. She will be exposed to numerous local food prints, the relationships people have culturally and regionally to their food. In particular, Kim will study and report on seed saving, climate change consequences, GMO issues,sustainable farming and urban gardening techniques, plus recipes straight from the kitchen. Her community in Tucson and beyond can learn with her and support her during her trek. You can contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org My wOrm regards!