Addressing the need to rebuild a sense of place and restore lost food connections doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Here’s three easy solutions that begin with locally produced, seasonal food and help strengthen sustainable food systems along the way.
GROW YOUR OWN
There really is no better way to re-establish the connection to your food than growing your own. As long as you have a patio, a balcony or even a window that gets sunlight, you are able to grow quite a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables.
By growing your own food, you gain more of an appreciation of every ingredient. You become more aware of the seasons and your surroundings, develop healthy land ethics, and most importantly, gain more independence from the current unsustainable food system.
Knowing how to grow your own food allows for a sense of freedom and pride that you can feed yourself with healthy, sustainably grown food – one of the most basic necessities in life.
BUY LOCALLY GROWN & ASK QUESTIONS
Is your farm certified organic, biodynamic or naturally grown? How many different types of produce do you grow? How are your animals raised – on pasture, indoors, confined? Buying locally grown food is much easier than you think and it’s a great way to support your local farmers and producers, decrease food miles & get to know the real stories behind your food. So, take the time to chat to everyone you buy your produce from – and arm yourself with information so you can make the right food choices.
BEST WAY TO DO THIS:
ONLINE FARMERS MARKET
If you don’t have the time to do any of the above, there are reputable online options that allow you to buy affordable good quality produce from UK farmers and producers, and you can contact them directly to find out more. Though this new way of buying local food does have limitations – they are creating new business opportunities for many small-scale food makers and challenging the dominant supermarket food buying model.