The Slow Food movement refers to consumers as "co-producers" and promotes the concept that food should be good, clean and fair. The Good Food Award winners supports this idea that we all have a role in how our food is produced.
From a small family farm being unable to afford the price tag of organic certification, to farmers lacking access to city markets, there is a long list of reasons why thousands of small-scale farms have difficulty bringing affordable, environmentally responsible goods to market.
We not only need to reduce the amount of food we currently waste, but we also need to dramatically improve our high-calorie, high-processed, high-waste Western diet -- a diet which is literally killing us and destroying our planet.
We need people to have livelihoods that give them the human dignity of labor. I have seen the Naandi model produce proud farmers who are entrepreneurial and have the skills of any commercial farmer. We have to co-create that sense of ownership of our future again.
I've had vegetable gardens in the past, but this is different. This year, I have a market garden, and I'm selling vegetables at a farm stand. It's supposed to be kind of a part-time gig, but that, as you can imagine, is a joke.