|South of the James Market, Forest Hill Park |
Why local? Unlike corporate agriculture, family farms are run by people who live on the land and care deeply for it. They understand the importance of protecting the soil, and growing food for flavor (not shelf life.) The food is almost always weeks fresher than anything trucked in across state or national borders. Family farms help preserve cultural and family values with respect for hard work and a deep appreciation for the land. Local farmers who sell directly to consumers are able to cut out the middlemen. This allows them to make enough money to support their families and stay on the farm, doing the work they love. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.