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Challenge yourself to eat local

Richmond Food Security Society offers a one-week Lulu Island food challenge commencing Aug.24.
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Anita Georgy, of the Richmond Food Security Society, says eating local food is healthier. Graeme Wood/Richmond News

A local food eating challenge and fundraiser for the Richmond Food Security Society kicks off on Monday.

Any member of the public can sign up for the Richmond Eats fundraiser, which runs Aug. 24-30.

Participants must only eat meat raised and produce grown in Richmond.

As well, participants may eat seafood caught by local fishermen (at Fisherman’s Wharf, for example).

There is one caveat: participants may choose three exceptions to supplement their diets (such as cooking oil or bread).

Anita Georgy, the society’s executive director, said the challenge will bring attention to the role local food plays in the community, as well as, raise awareness to the “food gaps” in the system.

Society board director Stephanie Dunn said she has already begun to shop for the challenge. Dunn has visited Canada Berries to pick up some wine made from locally grown berries. She’s also noted the Fowl Farmer will have Richmond-raised chickens for sale on Aug. 28.

There is a myriad of produce to be had locally, such as berries, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, carrots, beans, kale, peppers, leafy greens and squash. There are also egg farmers in Richmond.

The society provides a list of all the local farms in Richmond to make shopping easier.

Participants are asked to raise funds for the society, which oversees community gardening initiatives and agriculture research. The goal is to reach $10,000.

To register or simply donate go to

Dunn will also appear on the Early Editon on CBC Radio One Monday morning at 6:50 a.m. to speak about the challenge.


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