|Relationship to the food you eat||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 11:42:13 -0600|
Jekke Xonee wrote a wonderful description of the feelings of eating local food. I agree whole heartedly that raising food is a personal and community goodness. My difficulity comes from living in a community of people, most of whom don't care about what they eat or where it comes from. THere is a small core group of us who seriously garden, and who take great pride in eating what we grow. Then there is the majority who would rather get their lettuce from the local store on the way home because, "its more convienient". This becomes somewhat of a sore point when our private garden is overflowing with beans, the small community garden is overflowing with beans, and someone goes to the store and buys beans, laden with who knows what chemicals, and seriously stale. As one person pointed out to me: "Hey, I didn't move here to be a farmer". So the community garden stays small, supported by a small band of garden heads who love working the earth. Since "self-suffiency" was not on any group agenda when people joined, its not on the group agenda at all, and of course you can't make people follow your agenda that don't want to, the best you can do is to filter new comers. I did get Sharingwood to join with several other local communities to form a bulk food buying coop. The coop buys bulk food together in one large order then splits it up, and although not all of it comes from local sources, much of it does, and it makes organic meals possible, although only a few of us care about it. It is this which drives my energy into a future eco-village project. Rob Sandelin >Sharingwood
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