The Common Thread

SouthCentralFarmIn 2002 I became a farmer. I managed fruit orchards in California and at first the experience was overwhelming. But aside from the daily toil, it was the local Farmer’s Market that truly thrust me into the vibrant culture of food connectedness. I picked, packed, and drove the fruit downtown to sell, swap and barter for vegetables, honey, and eggs (even massage!). But locally produced food has value beyond physical health. It is so important in fact that it transcends culture, language, politics and class. It is art, science, and culture. It is the common thread woven through the social fabric of our communities. In order for society to thrive in the face of the large-scale challenges to our environment and economy, suburban farming must be supported. These fringe farms provide the educational and experiential seeds for the insertion of urban farms because ultimately, it is places like The Battery Urban Farm in New York City and the now lost South Central Farm in Los Angeles that will ensure that young people can be better stewards of the land beyond the city.

 

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