Farmer-Led Food System Solutions Examples
“We all need to think of ways we can work together to change the food system.” – Read Linley's letter about organic farmer-led solutions for a broken food system below.
One of our Real Organic certified farmers wrote to me last weekend with a story of hope.
There are so many similarities between his story of local action and The Real Organic Project:
- We are both farmer-led solutions to a broken system.
- We are taking matters into our own hands because no one is coming to save us.
First, I want to share the exchange that led to the telling of his inspiring story. While these emails were personal in nature, I wanted to share them with our audience in their original form because these conversations are important…how do we best create change?
The Farmers' Stand Co-Founders:
Our Farmer-Led Solutions Email Exchange:
First Letter From Todd:
My Real Organic Project Reply:
Second Letter From Organic Farmer Todd:
Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem!
But when it comes to a global food system, that is easier said than done. While most farmers don't have the bandwidth to open a grocery store (nor should they have to), every community needs grocery stores that will say “yes” to local organic farmers. As the farmers from Two Bear Farm and Wicked Good Produce found, that's usually not the case. So they did something about it!
We all need to think of ways we can work together to change the food system. Like Todd said, “there are many ways (and scales) to engage on this issue.” Please let us know about all the good work you are doing (and send me pictures)! Together, we can inspire others to spring into action too.
To me, this is what the Real Organic Project is all about.
Yours in the dirt,
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