Food is a deeply personal act that gets repeated throughout life in different ways depending on the season, our frame of mind, the people we are with, our financial means, and most importantly-our hunger.
We are in a time when many who, by privilege, upbringing, or previously inspired circumstances, will CHOOSE to continue eating nutritious food or in need of an emotional break might make the decision to eat comfort and convenience foods. The whiz-bang rush of emotions provided by a childhood treat or a midnight college splurge might take them back in time in just the way they need right now.
Alternatively, there are people in our community with health conditions caused by a lack of medical care, income, stability, and they too are looking for the whiz-bang that connects them to something that feels good. Fresh food offered in a deep act of love can and often is, that thing.
I've experienced that in my own life with the taste of a kiwi at 7, and witnessed it in others time and time again.
For those who have believed that we need a more equitable food system, but also need a reprieve, that's okay.
We take turns in this work. Our farm, by partnerships and collaboration, is ready right now. Our kids are a little older and our farm is established. We've got some incredible women working on the farm and we've got the time and the means.
When we said Local Food For Everyone, we didn't mean everyone at one time, but rather everyone in their time.
That's why you see our farm responding to supplemental nutrition programs @cfmbgky, delivery through HOTEL INC, distribution of food safely to COVID-19 positive patients-because it is absolutely the time of many right now.
This is equity, you who have the means encouraging us to sacrifice so others can have their moment.
Very soon, we will need some of you to support and surround us as we continue to grow more food and distribute it to everyone who wants it, and until then it's okay to rest friends.
We will keep you informed of any way you can keep supporting us from the safety of your home.
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