Discover How Locally Grown Food Can Save Our Communities
By: Kevin Schmidt on May 22, 2015
The days of driving down the rustic roads with the family to visit the good ole country farmer have all but vanished.
Before my family began our organic farm (which was officially certified organic a few days ago), I never met a local farmer. Probably because there aren't many left. Only faceless huge companies selling us frankenfood with no care for us.
The average age of a farmer in the USA is between 58 and 64. That's a problem.
You ask kids today where their food comes from... they're likely to say from Wal-Mart. And forget about asking them what's actually in their food. Much less what's in their water. They just have no idea.
There are many reasons why... although some reasons really stand out. Communities in Texas and around the US have grown further and further apart from the literal roots that bind us together.
Most kids don't run thru the woods playing unsupervised and wondering in the grand cathedrals of the forest like when I was a kid. As time has rolled on, society as a whole is more and more sheltered from the life force of mother nature in all social classes.
Genuine, artful conversation and bonds we make with one-on-one fellowship with our neighbors is quickly vanishing. Our human connections are a quick wave to the neighbor in their yard, a two word text to a "friend", or a few lines of nothing meaningful on some new social media platform. That sort of communication is appropriate sometimes - yet not all the time. This has led to substantial communication failures and a lack of nourishing one another with true friendship and love.
We can make better efforts to be good neighbors.
We can better support our local businesses by making a decision to buy from our neighbors.
We can make sure our food is not full of poison by visiting our farmers to get good wholesome food.
The philosophy of building relationships with people who do what they say they will do - who believe that character matters - who get to know and look after their neighbors - and actually stop to have a visit with your farmer. Simple things like this can bring our quality of lives higher than the previous generations.
Let's slow down to get to know each other, help each other, and be in awe of how wonderful it is to break bread with neighbors - knowing what you're eating is truly good for you.
Let's just look after one another. We certainly don't need rules and regulations for that.
As always, here at Doodley Dee’s Farm we share our knowledge with you… please share yours with us.
Here’s to good eating.