2Bits: The Local Food Summit
“When you know the farmer, the farm, the cook, the kitchen, and the delivery driver, the food tastes a heck of a lot better!”
Today’s quote comes from Alan Lewis, featured on the Boulder, CO, based Local Food Shift’s first free online Local Food Summit. The Local Food Summit hosted interviews from over 60 local food system experts from August 6 – 16.
Over 10 days, these experts shared their ideas on the need to support access to locally grown food. Lewis traveled to northeastern Colorado, northeastern Kansas, and southeastern Colorado to meet some of the people working together to begin a regional food system.
Today’s 2Bits comes from the question Lewis asked everyone he met and talked to,
“Why are you important?” Farmers and food buyers had very similar answers, “You need me, so I’ll be here to help you.”
During Lewis’ interview, he emphasized the important connection between rural and urban communities:
- Farmers: Farmers want to take care of their land, their livestock, their produce, and their families. They want to be resilient—to withstand all that mother nature challenges them with. They need a fair price for all that they do, so they can pass their farm on to the next generation. If they don’t get a fair price, corporate farming will become the norm.
- Buyers: Families living in urban communities are very interested in eating healthier foods. They understand that every extra step between the farmer and their plates means less profit for the farmer. They know that small farmers need profitable sales; however, they also know grocery shopping is about making choices. Some shopping days they can spend more to buy local, and other days they can’t.
2BuyAg allows farmers and food buyers to create great relationships, buying and selling to each other as needed. There is no better time than now for farmers and food buyers to get connected to each other!