Not everyone can grow enough of their own food to satisfy their nutritional needs. Many of us have full-time jobs, multiple jobs, families to care for, hobbies, or we lack the land, tools, disposable cash or even the personal interest to grow a substantial portion of our own food. If you fall into one of the above categories, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t be part of the agricultural revolution.
Consumer demand is finally beginning to exert positive influence on the way our food is grown—a lot of us are now looking for food that’s diverse, nutritious, tasty, and—most importantly—safe. We’re not able to get this sort of food from industrialized agriculture, in which “farmers” have to manage vast tracts of monocultures, spray herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, and plant seed that’s been compromised on a cellular level in a labratory somewhere just to keep their heads above water financially. It’s not a fair game for anyone.
The cool news is that small local farms can become hubs for community interaction, involvement and support of a people-centered reform that can make life a lot healthier and happier for all of us. In the video below, small-farmer Katie Brandt talks about some of these possibilities:
Katie Brandt grows over 100 vegetable varieties on just 7 acres of rich soils at Groundswell Community Farm in Zeeland, MI. This organic farm feeds 120 Community Supported Agriculture members and their families, investing everyone in the risks and rewards of tomatoes & kale, floods & droughts, cooking & weeding. Members volunteer on the farm and pay for their food months before ever getting a bite to eat. That kind of patience may offer a key to thinking more clearly about our environment and economy. Katie studied anthropology at the University of Michigan and is continuing her studies at GVSU, pursuing a Masters in Biology.
Here’s to contributing towards positive change!