"You give them something to eat" – Jesus of Nazareth
Thursday, September 7
I recently returned from a vacation to Atlantic Canada, and throughout our time there I heard a common refrain, sea temperatures and levels are changing, presenting significant challenges to the local communities and economies. Whether it was coastline erosion, or new animal species venturing into warmer waters, or local populations of wildlife vanishing for one reason for another, it was clear to the people of this region, regardless of their political leanings, that some things related to climate are changing.
We hear this week of another record storm moving through the Atlantic Ocean and threatening to do catastrophic damage to the communities located along the ocean shores.
At the same time, as we can feel and experience the changing of the seasons come to our place on the globe, we are reminded that change is natural and inevitable. Our cucumber vines fade and die, summer crops of cabbage and lettuce need to be cleared out of the garden, winter squash and fall fruits begin to ripen.
Yet these larger changes that drastically disrupt the natural rhythms of change within an ecosystem should stir up concern within us.
Agriculture is the number one human land use on plant earth, it represents 70% of all our fresh water use on the planet, and is the number one industry for fossil fuel consumption. Food production IS the biggest environmental issue facing humanity over the next 100 years (or more!).
One of the main reasons 5 Loaves Farm exists is because I wanted to respond in some meaningful way to these destructive patterns and disruptions. I wanted to plug into and learn the natural rhythms of change that occur in the world around me. I wanted to regenerate land that had been left as a wasteland. I wanted to produce food for my community in a way that conserved water and used more human powered technology than fossil fuel driven technology. I wanted to model a different scale of food production, with higher rates of return from smaller spaces; managing natural systems that require less inputs without sacrificing the outputs. I wanted to model a scale of food production that can be replicated many times over to produce enough food that it will be able to feed the populations of the future.
So I’m grateful for the folks in our community that share my concerns and have partnered with me to be a part of modeling a new way to relate to our food and world around us. Supporting local small scale agriculture and making it an economically viable way of farming is the only way we are going to change the agricultural practices that have proven to be so disruptive to our world. So thanks again to all that support us by buying our produce; at the farmers market, through CSA farm shares, or at local restaurants. Thank you for making a positive change in the world around us!