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Former Associate editor Margret Aldrich on the hunt for happiness, community, and how humans thrive

Get Your Girl Scout Locavore Badge

Locavore badgeIn 2012, the Girl Scouts turn 100, and they’re working to stay more relevant than ever, with new merit badges for website design, financial literacy, entertainment technology (whatever that is) and, my unequivocal favorite, locavorism.

How do Girl Scouts earn the locavore badge? It takes five steps, reports Josh Friedland of The Food Section: 1. Explore the benefits and challenges of going local 2. Find your local food sources 3. Cook a simple dish showcasing local ingredients 4. Make a recipe with local ingredients 5. Try a local cooking challenge.

“The girls start out slowly,” Jonathan Kauffman writes in SF Weekly,

first interviewing a local cook or a grocery store manager about the food system, and then identifying seasons when certain fruits and vegetables grow locally or ferreting through their fridge to identify products they can find local substitutes for....

Subsequent steps involve more complex cooking tasks: creating two salads with local fruits and vegetables, taking a family recipe and making it with local ingredients, and finally preparing a three-course meal or making a more complicated dish like pasta from scratch. 

Nicely done, Girl Scouts! I suspect your new century will bring even more hyper-relevant merit badges. Can you do parkour in a Girl Scout uniform?

Sources: The Food Section, SF Weekly