Each week, Fresh City founder Ran highlights an interesting thought, observation, quote or discovery pertaining to city farming and food in general. We share these thoughts with our members on the packing slip that is attached to their weekly delivery of local, organic food from the farm, and will compile them here each month for you to peruse!
Week of September 2
"The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life."
~ Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Week of September 9
We are eating too much chicken, folks. Back in 1970, there was about one chicken per human. Today there are almost three. Yet we are paying less at the supermarket for chicken than ever before. Why? Because they are not treated humanely and the environmental costs of factory production is not taken into account. When in doubt, Michael Pollan's handy rules of thumb are always useful: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
Week of September 16
In a world of Twitter, MRIs and satellites, we often forget: all human life ultimately depends on the top few inches of soil. It can take over a thousand years to build just one inch of good top soil. With soil being eroded at an unsustainable pace, we as a society have to empower farmers to be responsible stewards of this precious resource.
Week of September 23
"Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do."
~ Wendell Berry