we all have FOOD in common. WE SEE GROWING ONE’S OWN AS A DELIBERATE, EFFECTIVE FORM OF ACTIVISM. IT REQUIRES DEDICATION AND LABOR, BUT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SOLVE A WIDESPREAD ARRAY OF CHALLENGES facing COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE.
The unavoidable result of growing nourishing food is the building of community; of neighbors knowing neighbors; of resiliency, solidarity, and pride. Our mission is to reinvigorate our relationship to the land, as well as with each other. By eating together, we are together. The shared conversation and collaboration over a meal are as important as the ingredients used.
Along with the farmers in the next-generation Greenhorns Movement, we want to have “Pride in a nation we’ve directly cultivated.” A passage from the book, The Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers Movement, rings true:
We are Americans deeply in touch with our land, our place, and our role in reforming that place. Our stories come from experience, but they vibrate with the anticipation of a particularly good American future…The work is difficult but it's relevant. BEING OR BECOMING A FARMER IS A THRILLING ACT OF CREATION; TO DO SO, WE HOLD A SPACE BETWEEN THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE, BETWEEN ECOLOGY AND HUMANITY. We are directly involved in the reconstitution of a local, resilient, and delicious food system. The impulse to farm is felt by a wide (and widening) range of Americans. We are unified in our willingness to work, to change, to sacrifice comfort and social acceptance in the pursuit of an agricultural life.