On Growing Food

"To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd."

Wendell Berry

If you aren't familiar with the agrarian statesman, Wendell Berry, you soon will be after reading a few of these blogs. Berry is a voice for the small the local and the rural. His consistent defense of good food (read local and sustainable) is far more often about loving your neighbor than it is about some ideological sense of purity. More from Berry:

"The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical — in short, a victim. When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of cultural amnesia that is misleading and dangerous.

We here at Farmstead believe that producing your own food, no matter the scale, is the second most connective act that we can participate in (the first, of course, being eating said food). There are connections made with the earth, with the wind and rain and dew, with the ladybugs AND the aphids, with your neighbors at the end of squash season (when you can't hardly GIVE away buckets of extra crookneck!), and most importantly, with yourself.

Give yourself the gift of... yourself. Whatever barriers you face in growing your own food we can break through for you here. Whether you need an answer to a simple question, or a full tutorial and supplies for building your own raised bed guarden, our experts are here to guide you to making successful connections.

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