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Julie Castillo

Julie Castillo

Frederick, MD 21701
Website: http://www.rukapress.com/books/eat-local-for-less/

Julie Castillo is a college anthropology instructor, children’s enrichment instructor, writing instructor, enrichment curriculum designer, entrepreneur, writer, and futurist. She holds an MA in sociocultural anthropology from Catholic University with a specialty in gender studies and ethnopsychology.

Julie is also a fourteen-year veteran of the publishing industry, co-writer/ghost-writer of two novels and thirteen nonfiction books—including two New York Times bestsellers—biographer for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and chronicler of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! She has taught creative writing and publishing at local community colleges since 2007.

Julie is an accomplished teacher and speaker. She brings a vibrant enthusiasm to her presentations. Students have described her as “a great teacher with a loving personality,” and a “most enjoyable instructor.” Julie Castillo writes Eat Local for Less from the reader-friendly point of view of a suburban mom, but also from the perspective of a social scientist and futurist. In contrast to the chorus of strident voices on many sides of the food debate, Julie frames the discussion of alternative foods in positive terms and peaceful language.

In Eat Local for Less, Julie helps readers gain the practical knowledge they need to act on their choices, and also validates their decision by showing how local eating helps to create a healthier, happier, fairer, and more sustainable society.


Eat Local for Less challenges the notion that organic, local, and sustainably produced food is beyond the means of the average family. I had heard dozens of voices, on TV, radio, and Internet, grumbling that local organic food was much more expensive, and not one voice suggesting that it could be cheaper. I decided to be that one voice.

With warmth, humor, and solidly researched information, this book demystifies the world of local, organic, sustainably produced food for the average consumer. This book will be of particular interest to Gallery Shop visitors because it features numerous Maryland businesses and farms.

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