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Why local food matters - especially during a pandemic

Posted On: 23 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

Why local food matters - especially during a pandemic

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A few years ago, our local land trust scraped together the money to buy 12 acres of a former berry farm in town, ensuring that the land would remain in production and be protected in perpetuity. Since then, the farm has become a source of fresh produce for our schools, the local food bank, and a handful of other places, as well as a testing ground for no-till farming practices. (Don't ask about the wacky experiment that became salacious front-page news in our hippie haven, involving an anaerobic digester and tofu-factory waste.)
The farm has been a remarkable example of what a successful local food system can look like. During the pandemic, it has become even more of a community hub, and has been flooded with volunteers. But this is more than a feel-good food-system story. For decades, a Japanese-American family cultivated this land. Forcibly removed from the farm during World War II, the Matsuda family returned to manage the land for 60 more years, before approaching the land trust to ensure that...

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