What is it and how do I get it?

August 31, 2008 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

What the heck is sustainable grub? Ideally, it’s whole, unprocessed food that is grown locally and organically in a way that sustains the environment and the people who produce and use it.  In addition to nurturing us it should also provide a decent living for the growers and be affordable to consumers. That’s a tall order and I’m not sure I’ve found many examples where all of the above are fulfilled.

Fortunately, I live in Pittsboro, N.C. (population about 2,500), a rural village at the epicenter of an amazing network of people and places engaged in growing, selling, cooking and eating sustainable whole food.

Within a bicycle ride of my home are: the first certified organic farm in our state, the only sustainable agriculture program at a college anywhere in the southeast US, an international research organization committed to preserving small farms and seeds, another devoted to saving rare animal breeds, a thriving food co-op where I can buy real food seven days a week, restaurants that feature local seasonal cuisine, two farmers’ markets and a network of community-supported farms (we’re one of the few places in America where small farms are on the increase). You can find information about some of these enterprises through my blogroll.

This blog is dedicated to my pioneering neighbors and to learning more about the policies and practices that empower or impede them.  I’m determined to discover and share as much information as I can about what it actually takes to give us truly sustainable grub. Stay tuned.

 

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