Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat

Locavore is the national bestselling book about Canada’s local food revolution. The book won Gold at the Culinary Book Awards and was an Amazon.ca top 50 book of 2010. It was also a David Suzuki Book Club Pick.

The book describes how foodies, 100-milers, urbanites, farmers, gardeners and chefs across Canada are creating a new local food order that is sustainable and can feed us all. Combining front-line reporting, analysis and food writing to delight the gastronome, Locavore shows how the pieces of a post-industrial food system are being assembled into something better.

We meet city-dwellers who grow crops in their backyards and office workers who have traded their keyboards for pitchforks. We learn how a group of New Brunswick farmers saved the family farm, why artisanal cheese in Quebec is so popular and how a century-old farm survives in urban British Columbia, bordered by the ocean on one side and by a new housing development on the other. We follow food culture activists as they work to preserve the genetic material of heritage plants to return once-endangered flavours to our tables. In recounting the stories of its diverse cast of characters, Locavore lays out a blueprint for a local food revolution.


“A really good read of a book of heartwarming stories [with] lively explanations of everything from the downtown vegetable patch to weekly baskets of organic vegetables to supermarkets obtaining their worldwide assortment of products–and a trip clear across Canada to boot.” The Gazette, Montreal

“Embodying equal parts Michael Pollan and Raj Patel, Elton has delivered a book that will enrich her readers, while also challenging them to think about what they eat… Elton has built a powerful case for the potential to change our food system for the better.” Quill & Quire


“Ravenous for energy, vulnerable to climate change, and chronically unstable, today’s globalized system of industrial agriculture is heading towards crisis. But Sarah Elton shows us another path. In this personal, passionate, yet deeply informed and carefully balanced book, we learn how Canadians in every walk of life are finding new ways to produce the food we eat – ways that are humane, fair, technologically savvy, and environmentally smart, and that bring farmers and consumers closer together. Locavore is full of stories of hope, and it will inspire Canadians who care about their food.” Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

“Lively, compelling and warm-hearted journalism with a generous helping of rigorous research, Locavore dishes up an insightful look at Canada’s food system: how it once worked, why it fails us now and, most importantly, what we can do to create a sustainable, delicious future.” Margaret Webb, author of Apples to Oysters: A Food Lover’s Tour of Canadian Farms