Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Community Supported Agriculture and Me

In my previous post, I talked about the new direction of our book club and how we'll start doing an activity that correlates with some aspect of the book we're reading. This month, we're reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Skeptical at first, I was worried the book would be preachy and guilt-inducing, but I've been pleasantly surprised. It's thought provoking, educational, and inspiring at the same time. I still have a long way to go until I finish, but I'm impressed so far.

Our activity this month is to watch Food, Inc. Watching this movie has been both on my "to-do" list and my "to-avoid" list. And yes, I'm aware of the contradiction. While I'm interested in learning, it's also kind of scary. I've spent most of my life blissfully unaware of a lot of this information, and with knowledge comes responsibility, right? After watching Food, Inc, I'll no longer be able to avoid  the question of "I wonder where this came from?"

Another offshoot of reading this book is discussion around Community Supported Agriculture. After some research, I've decided that I'd really like to get an individual share from a local farm this spring. The farm is to-be-determined, but despite the fact that I haven't chosen the farm, met the farmer, or eaten the crops, I already feel good for being one step closer helping someone local. I now remember that our family had fresh produce delivered to the house from a local farm in Virginia when I was younger. Although I had forgotten that until recently, I think it shows how important it is to teach principles of all kinds to your kids.

In the spirit of local celebration and conservation, here's a picture of me with the Angel Oak of John's Island. I visited this past weekend to check it off my list and it's a truly beautiful sight.


Shelby said...

Food Inc. makes grocery shopping totally impossible. It took me like 2 hours... reading every label, thoughtfully filling my cart with organic food.

Barbara said...

Reg and I joined the Our Local Foods CSA. They deliver to Daniel Island. And if they get 10 blackbaud folks, they'll deliver to blackbaud!