I recently attended a Northeast Network meeting which focused on the topic of Urban Agriculture.? Several speakers represented organizations that are working to improve the availability of nutritious, local food in our community. As if that weren’t task enough, they also work with the notion of social justice, ecological health and sustaining a diverse community. Stone’s Throw Agricultural Co-op is farming urban plots and partnering with several out-state farms to provide fresh produce to area Co-ops, restaurants, and food shelves. Fruits of the City is helping communities grow and harvest fresh, local fruits for those in need.
More and more I’m seeing that folks are buying more locally produced food products. We are beginning to eat more seasonally as well. These practices align well with the Chinese medicine model of dietary therapy where eating foods that grow close to you, which are in season, are indeed the best tonics for your body.
This social movement gives me hope for the future by showing signs that we are waking up and “voting with our dollars” by buying local healthy foods, steering away from the industrial meat system, and?GMO-produced grains, fruits and vegetables.
Please take a minute to find out more about these organizations and what they’re doing right here in NE Minneapolis.
And HAPPY SPRING to us all!!!
Leslie Prairie, L.Ac.