{lifestyle} Lexicon of Sustainability Project

I was going about my evening, planning to write the recipe of what dinner was this evening (Tilapia con Salsa), like I always do, when I was sidetracked by a conversation that was starting on Twitter called #reclaimfood.

I learned about the chat from @perennialplate, the Twitter handle of chef and real food activist, Daniel Klein. His website, The Perennial Plate, is an “online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.”

To start, I want to disclose that I am not at all a food or agriculture expert. I love to cook. And in cooking, for your food to turn out the best it can possibly be, what I do know is that you have to use the best and freshest ingredients. So, in my journey in making “Great Everyday Meals”, I have come to meet some amazing food experts, especially those who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about local and sustainable eating and growing.

One of these people is  Grant Kessler, a Chicago food photographer who has photographed Chicago world-class restaurants like Alinea, as well as favorites like Aria, MK and Japonais. He is also a part of the Good Food Festivals which is the topic of most of our conversations and where I have become a partner and sponsor, to help spread the word about the festival.

Through Grant and Good Food Festivals, I was able to get connected with a local organic farmer, Steve Tiwald of theGreen Earth Institute, whom I highlighted for an upcoming episode of the Momma Cuisine Show. And in my quest for “Great Everyday Meals” for my family and for yours, it has been a natural progression for me to get more and more interested in finding out about our food sources and about what sustainable eating, growing and cooking really means.

This evening I was once again inspired, now though, by the conversation on #reclaimfood, where I was invited by @cocoxochitl, Mud Baron, who’s website asks the question, “Can we build gardens with Twitter? Yes!”; and is a school-garden advocate. Another great moderator in the chat was @kevinkossowan. Kevin Kossowan is a Canadian-based local food advocate where in his website states that his discovery of the French idea of food called, ‘cuisine du terroir’, has inspired him to take that idea and turn it into his reality.

Tonight, I learned about the Lexicon of Sustainability Project. This project is spearheaded by Petaluma, California farmers, Douglas and Laura Gayeton.

Their website describes the project best:

“The Lexicon project is based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.”

What’s even cooler about this project is that Google has backed the project and created cafe installations with the Lexicon of Sustainability as it’s muse. People are encouraged to log onto the site and submit words for the Lexicon with what those words mean to them.

Introducing … The Lexicon of Sustainability from the lexicon of sustainability on Vimeo.

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