Having done a post on our local organic farmer in Gosbeck a few people told us about their local organic farmer they bought produce from. This inspired us to create a whole page on our website dedicated to organic farmers who are selling to the public – thank you everyone for nudging us in this direction.
Next week we are speaking to a lovely lady who is going to help us sort our business directory out. We can then also add an organic farmer directory too. This way everyone knows who they can buy from in their local area.
We currently buy our main bulk of veg from Riverfords and we top up with salad bits from Ben’s farm down the road from us. We also purchase veg from outside people’s houses too. Virtually none of our money for fruit and veg goes to supermarkets.
If we could all change the way we shop the world will start to look a different place. Supermarkets would realise their customers don’t want to eat sprayed food. Farmers would realise the same and they’d be forced to change the way they farm.
I do feel for farmers though since they’ve been pushed to farming with sprays and buying their seeds from big corporations instead of saving them themselves like farmers used to. However, that route only really lines the pockets of the big corporations.
My parents are farmers and one set of grandparents were farmers in the 1940s. I’ve seen how land creates emotions such as – control, greed, feuds and stress. I would love to see for myself a way of farming that doesn’t create this as being connected to our soil and land should be a joy. It might sound a romantic version of farming but I do believe we can make it happen.
When my mum was a child she remembers a real sense of community at harvest time, long hot summer days in the corn fields with picnics but a father who continually felt a heavy weight on his shoulders because of the bad soil he farmed. When I began working on our farm there was a real sense of community despite the long hours and monotonous work but I always felt the men’s jobs were more valued than the women’s whose jobs were incredibly monotonous.
I do believe our food can be produced in ways that more of the community are involved so the jobs are more shared but in the meantime it’s vital we know all the organic food producers so we can start shopping from them instead of the supermarkets.
Please link their website and let us know which county they are in as that will make our life a lot easier. Thanks so much for all your help with this!