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“On the face of it, any attempt to create a regional, small-farm
based, decentralized, product-diverse food system seems to fly in
the face of conventional business wisdom. Distribution systems,
farm equipment, marketing costs, and access to shelf-space in
supermarkets and restaurant coolers all favor large-scale,
specialized production. Why fight so hard to get upstream? Why not
let the current pull us effortlessly along?
One answer might be a love of good food, the desire to save open
space and habitat for wildlife, environmental concerns, interest in
keeping a broad economic base, a love of farming, a desire to
participate in community life that values relationships, and a show
of gratitude for the people who grow our food. Those desires unite
us in a common goal to save local agriculture and preserve the
- Mark Mulcahy
Specialty Topics TheFarmersandChefstitle
pages provide monthly specialty topics for each profession as well
as a brief description of submenus - basic topics designed to
collaboration between food growers and food buyers.