Week 12: Why am I, middle class white woman from the suburbs passionate about farming?

Happy Monday beloved CSA members! We hope you have been enjoying the amazing veggies this week. How are those tomatoes though? I think the striped zebras so cool. It is Davida here, again! Happy cooking, eating, and sharing! We love and appreciate you, without you, Second Wind CSA would not be the farm we are today. Thank you for those who read the blog posts, I think this one is a winner.

WHAT IS IN YOUR CSA SHARE THIS WEEK?

  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Summer Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Fennel
  • Fresh onion
  • Scallions
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Basil
  • Bokchoy/ Yukina
  • Fennel leaf/Cilantro
  • Dill/Parsley
  • Radish
  • Sheep Yogurt Form
  • Members in both Beacon and Garrison you can bring back your boxes anytime! 

Why am I, middle class white woman from the suburbs passionate about farming?

My mom and I used to go to Wholefoods in my home town of Montclair, NJ once a week. I was always dazzled by the beautiful fruits and veggies. Although we both knew the prices were ridiculous, we also understood that the products we were paying for were righteous because it was organic. We were wrong. I never exactly knew what organic meant when I was younger, it felt like a term coined by yoga moms when talking about their green juices. I thought it meant “healthy.” Another general word about the way we describe food. My mother, dad, and stepmom instilled in me that fresh vegetables are a staple food for my diet. Except for the days when I was sent to school with a Nutella sandwich, most of my meals were relatively balanced. I grew up to be a fit kid aware of the impact vegetables have on my immune system. Not everyone I knew grew up with this luxury, and the availability of fresh produce in life.  

Being white and middle class proved the power of privilege when it comes to something as simple as the basic necessity of fresh food. Food deserts in America are a prime example of how food access is not an issue for only families of low income but also families of color. According to the New York Law School Racial Justice Project, “23.5 million people in the U.S. live in low-income neighborhoods located more than one mile from a supermarket. Black communities are half as likely to have access to chain supermarkets and Latinx communities are a third less likely to have access to chain supermarkets.”

So why does this matter to me? I saw the disparity in my hometown, which is diverse and segregated. My black classmates who lived downtown did not shop organic at Whole Foods. The Pathmark that they shopped at for years was shut down and no grocery store replaced it. Downtown, was always eerily filled with more fast-food chains, gas stations, liquor, and corner stores. 

This is America; I embraced her with an inquisitive mind. I thought about her plenty but her lack of generosity. The land and her people. The food she grows and the bellies she feeds. I imagined my plate at dinner heaped with roasted veggies to another’s McDonalds.

Where is the source of all this food? Farms. What is happening on farms in our country that are passionate about eliminating food Apartheid? How can organic food become accessible for all? How can farmers combat institutionalized racism?

This year I am on a mission to farm and write about the people I meet and experiences I have in hopes to gain perceptive and answers to the questions I have. I aim to use this hands on experience to understand the role of the farmer in our country. I hope to become an independent farmer one day to share the skills of growing sustainable food with people I meet. Thank you for reading and I hope this blog has inspired you think food access in America and in your communities.

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