Food Sustainability, Local Food availability

This is Water

I am dazzled by the folks that are making local produce more available in the Metro Vancouver region. But here are some interesting things I have learned this past week:

From a 19-year-old girl helping at a farm stand at Trout Lake Farmers Market this past Saturday, “Local produce would be more available and more affordable if people knew more about local food and why it’s important”. Hmmm. The education element — I hadn’t really factored that in to my possible toolkit, but it could be a huge driver for making it viable for farmers to grow locally.

From Allan Surette at Urban Edibles, a 2-acre shared farm on Steveston Highway in Richmond, “if we want more availability and lower costs for local produce, we need more local farms and farmers. More supply = lower costs.”

More education. More supply. Fabulous insights to kick off my face-to-face research. It reminds me that Susan Worthman, Director of the Leading by Design Fellows Program at California College of the Arts asked us to constantly be in the “beginner’s mind”.

It is important to see what is right in front of me. David Foster Wallace, in his commencement speech to Kenyon College in 2005, said,

It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:

“This is water.”

“This is water.”


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