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Join Zocalo’s Farm Connection Efforts!

30 Aug

Know farmers? We want to hear from you! We know you like good food, but it’s about more than taste: You want to know where your food comes from and how it’s produced, while continuing to have affordable, convenient access to it. We’re Zocalo and that’s what we’re working on.

Zocalo aims to connect farmers and consumers, making fresh food more accessible by making the sustainable food marketplace more efficient. How will we do this? Our first step is to get feedback from farmers. That’s where you come in.

We are seeking input from farmers across the country and we need your help to get a wide range of responses. If you know farmers from your CSA or farmers’ market, have them fill out the Zocalo Farm Survey. If you have friends who farm, send them the link. If you live in a farming community, pay your neighbors a visit. In return for your efforts, you’ll receive a free membership to Zocalo once we’re up and running.

It’s simple:

1. Send us an email at zocalofood@gmail.com to sign up.
2. We’ll send you a personalized link to the survey to make sure you get credit for the responses (we can also send paper copies, if necessary).
3. Make sure we get at least THREE completed farm surveys from you, or introduce us to three farms that we don’t know yet.

The more farmers we hear from, the better Zocalo will be for everyone. Thank you for being part of this. We look forward to your participation!

Sincerely,
The Zocalo Team

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Vote for Zocalo at SXSW Interactive!

23 Aug

South By Southwest Interactive is arguably the best place to see and be seen in the tech world. It’s a place where great ideas, creative people, and adventurous entrepreneurs converge for a few days of panels, talks, and discussions. Last year, we were involved in “E-Food Revolution: Interactive Tools to Feed the World”, which brought nearly 100 people together to consider how technology could facilitate a healthier food system. The sustainable food community had a strong showing at last year’s festival, but we are striving for even broader representation in 2011.

This year, Zocalo has submitted a proposal that addresses how the digital world can help to make physical world products (especially food and other essential goods) that are better for people and the environment. Browse the proposals and place a vote!

1. Go to the Panel Picker.
2. Sign in or create a username.
3. Browse the proposals or head right to Zocalo’s idea.
4. Give it a thumbs up, pretty please!
5. The more comments and questions, the better. We’d love to hear from you.

As always, thanks for your support.

-Zocalo