There is a new web page up on the USDA web site called the Compass. It features a map showing the USDA supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems. It is titled “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food”.
Its purpose is to show consumers what is going on with local and regional farmers who sell locally. The map shows the location of projects helped by the USDA. There are a lot of pins in the map and there needs to be a lot more. You can find the site at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=KYF_COMPASS. The link for the map is at the bottom of that page.
Also, you will find a pdf with facts about the local farmer and the USDA. A chart shows that 79 percent of the farmers selling local or regional have sales under $50,000. That means there are a lot of small farmers just getting started with their projects.
I think it is great that the USDA is helping the small farmer make a connection with the consumers. As more and more people get fed up, so to speak, with the present quality of there food, and the method of delivery we now have in the our food system, there will be people willing to provide the quality food that the local market demands.
That is good news for the consumer. For the first time in decades the food shopper will be able to look the person in the eye who grows her or his food and see the quality of what they will get to eat.
The quality of our food supply has been declining for years. The amount of chemicals poured on our food is staggering. It seems the swing of any cycle has to reach a breaking point before it start starts the other way. I think we are reaching that point.
You may want to visit the site just to see what is going on. Maybe you will want to be one of those who can grow good organic vegetables for your local market.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
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