2012: The Healthy Dozen

The theme of Year 2 of the 20% x 2020 campaign is the Healthy Dozen, a focus on 12 foods that have been, or are presently grown in the Treasure Valley.  These 12 foods have been chosen as a way of understanding the agricultural and food system of the Treasure Valley food shed in more detail.  They represent a healthy diet as based on the new USDA Food Plate.  Some crops are produced in abundance—more than we could ever eat—and some haven’t been grown in any commercial quantity since the 1950′s.

The foods are:

  • Beverage Milk
  • Wheat Flour
  • Beef
  • Dry Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Leafy Greens
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes

TVFC will be collaborating with the University of Idaho as we learn about varieties that are suited for growing in the Treasure Valley Food Shed, the economics of growing these crops, and the challenges facing farmers and potential buyers.

We’re considering the Treasure Valley Food Shed as the place where the majority of the people in the Treasure Valley get their local food.  While you might think of the Treasure Valley as stretching from Mountain Home, Idaho to Vale, Oregon, there is a lot of food from the neighboring region.