If anything typifies the past six months, it is change… changing statistics, changing regulations, changing plans, changing how we live life together as a society; changes on both global and local levels. Locally, at 5 Loaves Farm we’ve experienced changes in staffing, changes in the market, changes in the seasons. Globally we’re facing changes dut to the pandemic, but also a due to a changing climate.
Even in the past week, our country has faced both record setting fires out west, and another record setting storm in the Gulf of Mexico. Reminders of a changing global climate confront us constantly.
At the same time, we can see the changing of the seasons coming to our place on the globe, and we are reminded that change is natural and inevitable. Our cucumber vines fade and die, summer crops of broccoli and onions are being 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 planet earth, it represents 70% of all our fresh water use, 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, or through CSA farm shares. Thank you for making a positive change in the world around us!