Just after 9/11, Nathan and I attended a week long Good Agriculture Practices workshop in Memphis, TN. What stuck out to me then, and resonates with me now, is that locally distributing farmers are “lay” emergency workers in waiting.
It played a part in us becoming full-time farmers.
While we are already distributing real food to real consumers we also know that from time to time, in our lifetime or the next, we will need reliable and nutrient dense food that doesn’t have to travel very far and isn’t handled by more than a couple people.
It’s one of the reason our farm has focused on production, diversity, beginning farmers and leveraging supplemental nutrition programs. It’s why we work with schools, public health and dive deep into collaboration and policy.
This moment in time is fleeting, but our commitment to creating generational changes to small-scale farming and fresh food consumption will continue.
This is a portrait of Michelle Howell, a hardworking farmwife, mother of five, author, and advocate. On the left side of the bust you can read text from the poem “Anyway” that was on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.” “The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.”
Leslie Nichols, Artist