Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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One thing I’ve done this past year is to make a very conscious effort to buy as much of my food from local sources. Yes, it can cost more out of my pocket, but in return, I’m getting a lot of food that is grown within 25 miles of my home. That means, more time on the vine which produces better tasting food. It means, less carbon footprint, in transportation because it’s being moved 25 miles, not 2500 miles. Less packaging meaning, less waste. I’m supporting my local economy. I’m getting to know my farmers. The same farmers who are providing food and nourishment to my family and me.

I wanted to find a way to give back to the hard working men and women of an industry which seemingly on a good day is a tough business. So, let’s raise some money…

For every person who leaves a comment here between now and December 24th at 8am Pacific Time, I will donate 25 cents to American Farmland Trust.

It’s a pretty cool non-profit dedicated to helping grow foods locally, protecting the environment and saving farmlands. Since we are all in search of healthier lifestyles and doing less damage to the environment, this organization is helping fight that fight.

Their official mission is:

The mission of American Farmland Trust is to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities.

So hit up the comments, make me go broke!

Remember No Farms, No Food.



If you want to paste a link on your blog to this post to help in the effort, please feel free to do so. The more the merrier!

18 comments:

Hanlie said...

What a worthy cause! Farmers are indeed the backbone of every country and it's shocking how they have become marginalized by Big Ag.

Blossom said...

Good cause.

She woke up FAT said...

BUY LOCAL!

Shelley said...

I just watched Food, Inc. last night and wow. So thanks for doing this!

Victoria said...

This sounds great! I really love supporting local farmers I think its so important!! Good job on being such a great giver to your community

Anonymous said...

God bless the small farmers, for they know Him well!

Meredith said...

I live on a small family owned cattle farm. I love our land. My mom planted a huge garden this year and loved walking to the garden to pick her latest crop.

Cammy said...

I love coming to your blog anyway, but it's especially delightful in that I'm costing you a quarter! :)

(Nice thing to do, btw!)

Tony the Pink Panda said...

Have you ever seen Food Inc? I would love to buy more local stuff but its way too expensive for a poor college grad. Good Cause!

Tricia said...

Great cause!

Caroline said...

Great cause!

Allen said...

Aweosome!!!

Jane. said...

Great choice for the quarters! AFT does some good work. I'm starting a new job soon that involves a lot of community agriculture work and I can't wait.

Wendy said...

that is awesome!

Premee said...

I'm delurking so you can donate another quarter! I used to do environmental assessments in farmland around my hometown that was going to be made into neighbourhoods. Very sad, but as well as sad I always found myself thinking, "Seriously, they're building mansions over the best soil in the province... what are we going to eat in twenty years?"

destinationathlete said...

You are awesome to support local farmers - I never seem to be able to get to local markets, even though my intention is always to do so.

Lovebug6100 said...

Wow....I really like this...thanks for donating!!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

Well I missed the deadline but I admire what you're doing.