From “Region’s farming boom provides much to chew on”
By RICHIE DAVIS, Greenfield Recorder
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
…Jay Lord, the founding director of Just Roots in Greenfield, sees a similar kind of empowerment tied to food- security issues as the Greenfield nonprofit community agriculture organization tries to broaden the appreciation and familiarity among all classes of people for local foods they can grow and prepare.
“We’re talking about rebuilding a culture, and that includes cooking and growing and being connected with your environment,” says Lord, explaining that sense of connection has been broken, and has left people feeling further and further removed from the source of the food or even knowing what they’re eating anymore.
Just Roots hopes not only to grow food for community programs but also to teach schoolchildren about food and to teach people nutritious ways of preparing local produce. It can also play a role in building the market for local agricultural products that a majority of people still have trouble connecting with.
“We understand that change comes slowly,” says Lord. “This is a huge change, and one of the best ways to work on it is through education, through kids and through the concern of parents for their kids.”
End of an era
More than simply returning a sense of self-mastery to people who feel we’re too dependent on forces outside our control for basics including the very food we eat, getting people to grow their own food and support local growers is also a response to the end of an era of cheap oil, says Lord.
“The average dinner has traveled something like 1,500 miles, and has food from four countries in it,” he says, and when the price of oil reaches a certain point, it won’t be economically viable to truck it cross- country. Even before those long-distance realities become apparent to many of us, becoming more self reliant will clearly become more important, he says….
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