LOCAL FOOD IS FRESHER, AND IT JUST TASTES BETTER
But it's about a lot more than just taste...
The average vegetable in your grocery store traveled 1500 miles to get there. That's the distance between New York City and Dallas. 20% of the food Americans eat now comes from a foreign country. That's one out of every five bites that you take. We've all become dependent on distant people and far-away places for our food, and we need to bring some of that food production back closer to home again. Local, sustainable food is healthier for people and for the environment. The Creekside Farm Education Center is dedicated to building community food systems that support and encourage local farmers and local food. We created the "Eat Your View" campaign as part of that mission-- to try to build national awareness about the importance of local food production and local food sovereignty.
Anyone can help and participate in this movement. Just adding some local food, not everything that you buy, but just a small portion of your diet, will go a long way to building local, sustainable and resilient food systems in your own community. These small acts add to community strength and food resiliency. Shop at a farmers market (find one here), or join a CSA program (also found here) and take back some self-reliance and pride in your local community. When communities go from just being consumers to becoming producers again, wonderful things happen. It builds the feelings of pride and self-reliance, self-confidence and strength within the entire community.
New “Double SNAP” Program in partnership with ASAP
Low-income households have disproportionately higher rates of obesity and related illness such as diabetes and heart disease. This can be directly attributed to poor diets of high calorie, high fat, high sugar processed and fast foods, and not enough healthy, whole foods. Creekside Farm is partnering with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in a program that will feed hungry households healthy, whole foods while it supports local farms and farmers. The program does two good things with the same funding dollar; It supports the healthy eating habits of food-insecure households while it brings business to small farms. Read our White Paper and find out how you can get involved with this project or other programs at our partner organizations.
The Creekside Farm Education Center
The education center is a place for school farm tours, cooking and canning classes, farm to table meals, classroom instruction on best organic farming practices, and practical information on how to build local food businesses and infrastructure. It's the hub of Creekside Farm, and it's mission is to build communities around food.
Creekside Farm is a 45 acre working organic farm in Arden, N.C. that includes two organic vegetable gardens, free range chicken eggs, and a grass fed beef operation. The farm supports a CSA program and is open to schools for classroom and field instruction in healthy food and where it comes from.
Creekside Farm at Walnut Cove
The agrihood is a new concept in urban design where a working farm becomes the centerpiece of the community, and residents gain a closer connection to nature and where their food comes from. Home sites (represented here by round hay bales) look down upon the vegetable gardens and animals in rolling pastures. Creekside Farm is one of the early examples of this trend toward an agrarian lifestyle.
Excerpt from the book- Carrots Don't Grow on Trees: Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Take everything that you know about the local food scene and the farm to table movement and stretch it to the extreme. What do you end up with?
Rather than bringing food to where the people are, save the 1,500 miles and bring the people to where the food is. In fact, plant them right in the middle of it with the tomatoes and onions. Call it “hyper-local.” This is where the local food movement is going, and it’s called the agricultural neighborhood, or agrihood. Why bring the farm to the table when you can bring the table to the farm?
It’s been twelve years since Michael Pollan published The Omnivores Dilemma and first opened our eyes to the modern problems of the industrial food complex. Over that time the grow local and farm to table movement has exploded and changed our food choices and is now affecting our food culture and even determining where and how we live.