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The Privilege of Local Foods

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

The producers of high quality food are widely diverse as well. Many of the producers who were selling produce at the farmer’s markets yesterday in Louisville were native Kentuckians who seemed fairly well-off, while there are also many farmers and farm laborers in the region who are immigrants. My supervisor was introducing my roommate Vanessa and me to different vendors at the market and told us that several of them used to sell their produce at a farmers market in a low-income area of Louisville  […]

Food for all?

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

“Is it ultimately food for all or just a select few?” This question recalls a discussion that arose at the young farmer’s panel at Middlebury this spring. Corie Pierce from Bread and Butter Farm spoke with no small amount of passion about the idea of sustainable food being unaffordable. In her experiences at the farmstand and the farmer’s market, she found herself constantly interacting with potential patrons who eyed her products longingly but left empty-handed, saying that they just couldn’t afford it. But these were  […]

Demand as an Influence upon the “By Whom/For Whom” Distinction

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

In assessing the disparity between local foods producers and consumers, I think it is important to remember that sales support farmers’ livelihoods, and for many of these individuals farming is a business. Yesterday Nicole and I visited the Douglas Loop Farmers’ Market. While there, Stephen Bartlett, of Sustainable Agriculture Louisville (SAL), explained to us that many farmers who previously worked in the Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers’ Market had moved their operations to Douglas Loop. Shelby Park is located in a low-income area of Louisville, and Bartlett  […]

Farm Labour: Food Access

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

For spring break my sophomore year, I went to my roommate’s farm in California. While on the farm, I was able to see many of the aspects of running a farm and meet many of the people who made this farm operate. However, I was unable to interact with the laborers as much as I probably should have. The workers on this farm were immigrants (presumably illegal) from Mexico. I never really questioned my roommate about the lives of these workers, because it had never  […]

A Reflection on farmers’ markets and food shelves

Jun 8th, 2013 | By

Have you experienced examples of the disparity Philip implies between those who produce high-quality local food and those who are privileged to enjoy it?  Do you have some thoughts about how the realities of by whom and for whom might be more fairly reconciled? The most successful organic farmers I’ve encountered come from big money. This gives them a safety net so they can take more risks than farmers that start from scratch and rely solely on produce sales as revenue. They can also afford to set lower prices,  […]

Prompt for Reflection from John Elder

Jun 1st, 2013 | By

In my talk last weekend I read the following sentence from Rebuilding the Foodshed:  “Where matters immensely in the food system world, but so do how, why, by whom, and for whom” (p. 22).  In thinking more about that idea, however, I also find myself revisiting a couple of  sentences from further on in the paragraph.  Philip elaborates on his concerns in asking, “Who is doing the real work in getting the food from farm gate to dinner plate?  And is it ultimately food for  […]