Let’s Do It

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Yesterday at the farmer’s market a friend and fellow vendor predicted that within five years our market will be so busy on Saturday mornings that people will have trouble finding a place to park.  This will be where most people come to get their food, he said.

I hope he’s right. Certainly we’ve seen big improvements this year, not just in the number of people coming but in the amount of food they buy. And it’s especially encouraging to see so many people whose concern for food extends to more than just its price.

Later that evening we hosted our monthly gathering of sustainable farmers we call “Chemical Free Farms of Southern Virginia.”  There were only a few of us there.  Dreamers. Optimists.

We had a good meal outside on the deck.  We spent time playing with the goats.  Mostly we conspired on how to make sustainable farming thrive in this community.

“This is how to change the world,” one of our farmer-friends said, as we were nearing the end of our get-together.

My immediate response was, “So let’s do it.”

Even as the globalization and industrialization of the food system accelerates and concentrates into fewer and fewer hands, the local food movement that is opposing it continues to gain vitality.  It’s encouraging to see more folks answering the call to become food producers for a world that desperately needs an alternative to the industrial food complex.  Thinking about the challenges we face, last night we discussed the fact that to make it work it’s not enough to be a good farmer and a good marketer (a difficult enough combination to find), we also have to be good advocates and educators.  There’s plenty of work to do as move toward the next stage.

So let’s do it.

 

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18 comments on “Let’s Do It

  1. ladyfi says:

    I certainly hope that independent shops and markets are still around in a few years’ time.

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  2. Leigh says:

    This is a great post. It’s encouraging to think that folks are becoming more in tune to their food: where it comes from, what’s in it, and what it tastes like. Here’s to your growing farmers market. Also I think it’s great you have at least a few like minded folks with similar goals. That’s a blessing.

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    • Bill says:

      Thank you Leigh. It’s nice to gather occasionally with like-minded folks. As my wife says, it’s nice to have a conversation about things that matter to you and not worry that the people you’re talking to will think you’re some kind of freak.

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  3. DM says:

    Couple of my favorite things I most appreciate about you Bill is your passion and wisdom. It is contagious…even through the medium of a blog. DM.

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  4. Gwen Wells says:

    I am so grateful that you and your fellow chem-free farmers are doing this. Big Agra/pharma seems bent on trying to poison us all to death; I can’t thank you enough for the healing health-full options you provide for us. Please, please, continue the great work.

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  5. EllaDee says:

    On Saturday we drove to our local inner city farmers market and the G.O. remarked that 5 years ago, the enterprise started as a gamble (he worked on preparing the sheds). We were driving (on our way elsewhere later) and took quite a while to find a car space. Eveleigh Markets are now quite the institution, and consistently well-patronized. I wish your markets the same.

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  6. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I’m really glad to hear that the farmer’s chemical free movement is catching fire all across the country. Keep up the educatin’ and learnin’ ok. I’ve had a great run following your blog through the wet weather spring to hungry deer and into the harvest. Your blow by blow description of every step, I know, has encouraged me. Some one once told me to surround yourself with like minded people and stay away from those that want to drag you down. Your dream will come true with those that encourage and will die with those that discourage. Keep hanging out with all those other like minded weirdoes and you will be sure to rise above the corporate food industry with great success.

    Have a great “Let’s do it” day.

    P.S. You’re not really the weirdo. They are. 🙂

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  7. pattisj says:

    It’s good to know there are still people willing to work the land to feed the many.

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    • Bill says:

      More importantly to me is the fact that there are increasing numbers of people willing to work the land ethically and responsibly, primarily to feed themselves and secondarily to help feed their communities.

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  8. avwalters says:

    I’m game. Let’s do it!

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  9. Let’s all grab our pitchforks and stick ’em… in the compost pile! Viva la [food] revolution!
    You and Cherie are an inspiration. Using your good works and good words to further the movement and open people’s eyes to the realities of “modern” food and health. I thank you both.

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