Five hundred copies of the Moab Local Food Guide will be released in March — and a design by Grand County High School student Elly Bauer will grace the front cover.
Shiree Duncan and Roslyn McCann created the guide last year as a way to facilitate a partnership between local restaurants and producers, and as a resource for residents who wish to eat locally. As they worked on this year’s version of the guide, they sought a cover design from Christa Green’s high school watercolor class. Each student in the class designed a piece of potential cover art, and a panel of judges selected a winning design. Of the students’ participation in the project, Green said, “I don’t think a lot of them realized where their food comes from. I think it actually got them thinking of when we ship food in, the cost of it and the gas or the emissions from having those big trucks come in. It taught them about how to make a living locally by growing food, and how much fresher it is.”
To Duncan, student participation was an important part of creating this year’s guide. “It’s a nice thing to have the students and the kids in the community involved, hopefully planting a seed in their mind,” Duncan said. “And also showing them that our creativity could lead to a profession like graphic design. Establishing that is key.” Green agreed, saying, “I like contests with prizes because I don’t want them [the students] to learn to do artwork for free. They’ve got to learn to do artwork as a living.” Green’s entire watercolor class submitted designs to the competition. Of the 18 submissions, Ayden Hill’s design placed third, Kyla Jackman’s design placed second and Bauer’s design won the competition.
Winners received gift certificates from local participating restaurants and T-shirts from the Moab Farmers Market. As the winner of the competition, Bauer’s art will become the signature logo for the local foods movement. It will be the cover design of the food guide and will be made into stickers that participating restaurants can display on their front windows.
“She does quality work and she thinks out her process and how to tie things to what the parameters are,” Green said of Bauer’s art.
Jackman’s design will also be featured art for the 2018 season of the Moab Farmers Market.
This year’s local food guide is sponsored by the Grand Conservation District, which is enabling more than three times more copies to be distributed than last year. “They went really quick,” Duncan said of the guide’s popularity. “We have some restaurants that are really on board to committing to sourcing locally.”
Paired with the slogan “Moab Grown,” Bauer’s design will be a quick and easy way for people to identify restaurants that are participating in the local food movement. Duncan plans for the guides to be ready for distribution in early March. They will be circulated free of charge in several local businesses, including Moonflower, the Barkery and Wildland Scapes.