Websites were added to the pathfinder based on their relevance to Virginia-based users and accessibility from ACORNweb.


This Environmental Portal located on the library network contains useful information about reducing carbon emissions, responsible use of electronics, and a section on buying locally grown/prepared foods. Available under the heading "Buy locally grown and prepared foods" is a list of farmer's markets in the Washington, DC metro area. It is available for download in Microsoft Word format and contains full listings, including website addresses or e-mail contact information where pertinent.

Local Harvest was originally founded in 1998 as a resource for the growing "Buy Local" movement. It is now the largest directory of organic markets, farmer's markets, buying clubs, farms and community supported agriculture programs available on the web.

From the 'About Us' page: "We are a national non-profit dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables." FoodRoutes is also the home of the "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" challenge, which asks participants to spend a portion of their weekly food budget on locally sourced products. Website lists events, group chapters, and important news items.

Listing of farms that allow visitors to pick their own food from the fields. Offers contact and website information for a wide range of farms in the Chesapeake Bay region.

The national website and local area chapter website for the Slow Food movement, which states "supporting good, clean, and fair food" as its mission. National website posts news items and resources regularly. Content is tailored mostly toward keeping members informed of the steps being taken politically to ensure the nation's culinary heritage and to promote the use of sustainable practices in the restaurant industry.