LOCAL FOOD IS FRESHER, AND IT JUST TASTES BETTER
But it's about a lot more than just taste...
The industrial agriculture system is controlled by large multinationals and is keeping farmers on the edge of solvency while it destroys our soils and ecosystems. It is a system that creates monopolies for wealthy corporations and food dependence and insecurity for the rest of us.
We need a better way.
The Path to a Sustainable Future will require public and private investment.
Author, farmer, and food systems commentator Robert Turner may be available to speak to your group.
About the Eat Your View movement
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.
Corporate consolidation has created powerful monopolies that control our food supply. Large investment firms are buying up farmland on a massive scale, recreating a feudal system of land lords and tenant farmers.
The Eat Your View movement, based at the Creekside Farm Education Center in Arden, NC., 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.
We believe in the 11th Commandment:
Thou shalt not destroy the soil, nor the waters, nor the animals upon the earth, nor the birds in the sky, nor any of those things which I have created for you.
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. The agrihood became the subject of a book, Carrots Don't Grow on Trees, that attempts to convince developers and real estate professionals about the importance of preserving farmland and community food production. 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
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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.