“2 women, 365 days, 3,878 square miles,” is the title line on Bodnar’s and Gowan Batist’s blog, http://www.eatmendocino.com. The project began on Jan. 1, with these two young women emptying their cupboards of everything not created locally. Then, they began their year-long journey of eating food only grown, harvested and produced in Mendocino County, right down to the salt and pepper on their table.
Batist is a farmer; she manages the farm at the Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg. Bodnar runs the social media business called Social Media Sisters and has taken over as organizer of the Mendocino Farmers Market, held on Friday afternoons in the summer.
Their rules are fairly simple to understand, but hard to live by. They eat strictly locally produced food, which means all of the ingredients must be grown or harvested within the county. There are no exception for staples, such as seasoning, oils or grain. If they are traveling, they will eat food only locally grown in that area, or take their local food with them. Their top priority is to grow enough food for themselves, then supplement their diets with items from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Click HERE to read more about this amazing adventure!