Modern consumerism has led to a disconnection from the land and our food sources. These days, most people have no clue what goes in to their food, and little opportunity to learn how the land is used to produce food. In a relatively short amount of time, people went from being very capable of supporting their own families, to being entirely dependant on corporate food systems. My goals for our home farm include educating people, especially kids, about how food choices affect not only society, but the Earth as well.
With the new year just around the corner, resolutions and goals for a better life are on my mind. I want to provide better, healthier food for my own family, but as well, I want to help others gain access to, and appreciation for better, healthier food. But healthier food doesn’t just mean healthier for our bodies, it also means healthier for our Earth.
I think we’ve reached a very important time as a society. Most people now have heard that animals and produce raised in a small-scale, natural environment are better than those raised in an intensive, factory farmed setting, but lack the opportunity to see why. In the next few years, I hope to do my part to change that.
As it is, I love when people come to our farm and see our animals, see our land, and experience nature, but I want to go a step further by opening an on-farm market, and offering tours of our operation. I want to give people the chance to spend time with us get their hands dirty, and form a connection with their food source.
Maybe we can help people change the way they participate in the food system- Not to be passive, but instead be active, educated and informed consumers, and stewards of the Earth.
- The New Hot Trend in Restaurants and Foodservice (foodservicewarehouse.com)
- Polyface Farm – a new “Mecca” for sustainable farming? (pensci.wordpress.com)