How many times is it okay for me to pick up a piece of banana off the floor and give it back to him? He is not consuming a pure organic diet. Is he going to grow a horn? Did I remember to wash the plum before I handed it to him? And, oops, is he eating the fruit sticker?
Vegetables. Who could have imagined an economy in which gentle vegetables were subversive? But this is our world. A world where a vegetable, whose growth is imperceptible to the naked eye, can spider a crack into the concrete of our industrial food system.
A small group of Kalamazoo food activists and professionals have begun studying the Food and Farm Bill so that they can talk to and influence policymakers, two of whom will play a key role in this year's [Congressional] appropriations.
The distended relationship between farms and individuals is the fundamental problem in the food system we've inherited. Supply chains and the corporate cultures that house them keep information isolated.
After much campaigning from my husband, I decided to consider a C.S.A. share this year. I challenged myself to create and post new recipes while designing my weekly menu around these amazing organic veggies.
I enjoyed making food for people in restaurants and did some rewarding catering in the past. None of that compared to the utter pleasure of distributing our unbelievably fresh, sustainably grown produce for the first week of our CSA.
Nourishing the relationship between seed and land is critical to restoring sustainability. And by visiting Chubby Bunny Farm, I took a small but important step in feeling connected to the food and people that sustain my life.
I am in the vegetable garden pulling weeds (it is always a good year for weeds.) I am glad to be away from the computer with my hands and feet in dirt. I am thinking: there is no such thing as a virtual vegetable garden.