I've seen it in France and in Italy, you adopt a vineyard which is part of a larger vineyard, you can see it growing connecting to a dedicated webcam and the farmer updates its status. From time to time you can visit it personally.
There has been a movement in particularly urban areas toward appreciating the origins and craft of consumed products, from food to belts to houses. This video is about the chocolatier "The Mast Brothers", showing the process of making chocolate.
Anvil Knitwear provides an interactive site (& soon a "Shirt Scan" mobile app) that enables you to type a shirt label # or scan a QSR code to track and learn about your shirt's journey and environmental impact.
This is actually not much of an inspiration, but more a personal observation. Most people believe local (and good) food is expensive... Which can negatively influence consumer choice, especially for those who are price sensitive.
A local food social enterprise which bypasses central markets and middlemen connecting city folk directly to farmers. Each week over 1000 subscribers pick up their box of produce from their City Cousin, one of 70 around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Going to the local market is a delight for me. I enjoy talking to the farmers, smelling fresh fruits, buying cheese and bread from a family business, getting fish from a local producer, eating a bite, etc.
'Feast on the Bridge' is part of the Thames Festival in London (a day event on Southwark Bridge) and is a spectacular day of food, music & dance from all corners of the world. A community day featuring butter churning to amazing live music.
In San Francisco there is the Underground Farmers Market that allows home growers, makers, and foodies the ability to sell their product without commercial space. This market has an appeal that normal ones don't and offers lots of unique items!
I came across this website named Le Verdure del Mio Orto. Basically it's a game. Except the concept is taken a little further. Instead of just managing a virtual farm (cf. FarmVille), what if you could actually eat the food you grew?
Shark fin soup is a Chinese delicacy that has been served for more than 2,000 years to honour important occasions (primarily weddings). Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year through by-catch for fins to meet the demand for shark-fin soup.
Many species rich grassland localities are less productive, but need regular maintenance - usually grazing. Local NGOs developed a model of voluntary shepherding that enables the maintenance and provides experience with farming sensitive to nature.
A service for small and independent farmers to have access to food delivery and transport vehicles on an ad hoc basis without having the burden of ownership and maintenance. Inspired by the popular car sharing service, Zip Car.