Terma Costa talks about how women are changing the way we eat – and how we can all be advocates for sustainable food

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on August 6, 2010

Terma Costa

It’s women who are changing the way we eat says Temra Costa, who is working hard to evangelize that fact. The sustainable food and farming advocate – and author of recent book, Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat, will be talking about just that at Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park on Sunday, Aug. 8 during a dinner featuring food from Full Belly Farm.

In a phone conversation, Temra stressed that there really are ways we, as individuals, can change how our country eats and farms. “People can start by growing their own food,” she says, “by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and by asking for local products wherever they eat or shop.”

The stories of the women in her book – samples of which are available online – are meant to inspire and engage people to make a difference. “We’re saying, ‘Hey, you can really do this,'” she says.

Temra also encourages people to support current and upcoming legislation with phone calls and letter writing to their representatives. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act 2010 cleared the House of Representatives Committee in mid-July and proponents are urging passage this week before Congress takes it annual one month recess. The next important legislative will be the 2012 Farm Bill.

“People sometimes think their voice doesn’t matter, but it does,” she says.

The cost of the five-course dinner and program at Flea Street is $85 per person with $30 optional wine pairing. For reservations, call (650) 854-1226.

Photo of Terma Costa by Bart Nagel. Used with permission.

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