I happened to have found this book on the shelf of my local library. I do not intent to open a farm. But the story they share is a start if you are interested.
We begin the journey through ten years of the inception of an organic farm in nearby Toronto, its growth, challenges, and contributions while riding the wave through the changes of agriculture and how food is viewed today.
What does it take to quit full-time viable city jobs to commit fully in creating a farm – and an organic farm – from scratch. What resources do you have to cultivate the land, create structures while trying to fit in within the community, providing for your family, and pretty much survive.
Pretty much perseverance, a support system, and guts. But the passion, the mindset, and an abundance of resources would have to be there just to survive physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
This book discusses agricultural biodiversity and animal husbandry in the cultivation and expansion of their farm and what it takes to truly become and provide “organic”. It is also an eye-opener on how local government, universities, and labor plays an important part to agriculture and farming.
Dedication plays an important role in their quest for sustainable farming, and their struggle to be part of the change for positive social, environmental, and political change. For us readers, there is a sense of urgency to engage ourselves for change to happen in the undulating awareness of diet-related illnesses, pesticide contamination, climate control, economic inequality.
Our farm has become a place that inspires chefs, activists, and artists alike. The food revolution needs cooks and organizers and distributors and business people and eaters and a whole lot more farmers. What role will you play?
What makes this an interesting read is that they jumped the band wagon as the food industry was going through a revolution: peaking interest in organic foods; renaissance of local farmers markets; creation of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); concept of The Good Food Movement. As they adjusted not only to the life of farming, they were on the forefront of the changes that were taking place for farming to continue to not only survive but thrive economically.
More interestingly is what the author calls out:
Our society’s current obsession with all things food and farming isn’t an unalloyed good. It seems like a lot of people spend more time watching people cook on TV than they do actually cooking.
I can claim guilt on spending more time watching people cook on TV than I do actually cooking. Although I cooked much more when my daughters were growing up, I have taken to being entertained ~ I enjoyed watching Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook, Ming Tsai of Simply Ming, and Rick Bayless of Mexico-One Plate at a Time , and chef cooking competitions: Kristen Kish as Top Chef winner, and Jeff Mauro as The Next Food Network Star winner. Additionally, I claim guilt in being inspired; hence, my food writing blog sharing food writing novels I come across.
My interest in food writing the past seven years has provided so much more insight beyond chef memoirs, food basics techniques, and the history of food stuffs locally and around the world ~ although most prevalent for me and my blog. I am fortunate to keep continuing to ride the wave of all things food writing.
This read solidified for me: appreciating what buying good food means and enjoying the simple pleasures of a shared meal [The Dinner Party is the Sanctuary of Friendship!].
The inspiring and sometimes hilarious story of a family that quit the rat race and left the city to live out their ideals on an organic farm, and ended up building a model for a new kind of agriculture.
~ date read 8.22.2018~ 4 stars ~