“Nature has her own religion. Gospel of the Land.” — Pearl Jam
We all struggle, one way or another, to improve upon our lives, to strengthen our relationships and communities, to nuture our children and to make positive contributions to better the planet. Life, as we know it, is full of choices. Everyday, we decide — if we’re conscious — how to organize our day so that we can look back on it knowing we’ve done our best to further positivity.
So it is that here at Indian Ridge Farm we’ve been thinking a lot about Regenerative Agriculture and how it fits into the larger realm of our society and into our ability to continue making positive change. With this said, we’re excited to announce some changes that affect you, our consumer —our most valued asset and resource. The farm continues to evolve after 17 years of commercial operation. We continue to grow in dedication, commitment and passion for improving our soils, our ecosystem, our natural habitats, our hydrology, our immediate farm community and our grasslands. Please read on as we ask you to further your commitment to our farm.
Regenerative Agriculture (see recent post) essentially seeks to make amends for the damage to the environment, to domestic livestock, to the soil and to the health of us humans created by our Industrial Agriculture model. The principles of Regenerative Agriculture is exactly what we’ve been doing here on the farm during the last 17 years. Instead of fighting Mother Nature, trying to modify Mother Nature, trying to compete and “outsmart” Mother Nature, Regenerative Agriculture implies being in synch with nature and working with nature, not against her.
These are trying times. We face serious challenges as a human race to even survive the harm we’ve wrought. Climate change. Soil degradation. Chemical poisons in our food. Polluted air and water. Diseases that are now immune to treatment. A political system that seems intransigent to change. The list goes on. But there is hope. There are solutions. Regenerative Agriculture, and the choice you make to support farms that are vying for sustainability and resiliency is how you can make a huge difference in your own lives and by at the same time improving the environmental health of Planet Earth, our home.
We say, be a part of the agricultural solution, not the problem. Industrial agriculture got us into this mess and Regenerative Agriculture will get us out of it. That’s the paradox in this whole discussion: agriculture is both the problem and the solution.
For starters, support your local organic farms at every chance you get. By doing so, you’re reducing your demand for food grown in an industrial setting that is loaded with pollutants, labor abuses and excessive fossil fuel usage. By supporting local farms, you’re keeping your hard-earned money in the local economy instead of shifting it to some anonymous corporate behemoth. By supporting local farms, local communities are strengthened. By supporting local farms, you’re reducing your carbon footprint.
The second immediate action you can take is to choose organic food as often as possible. The data is overwhelming: poisons in our food are literally killing us, through diabetes, eating disorders, heart disease and cancer.
On the one hand, it’s awesome that the City Markets, Walmarts and other large box stores of the world offer consumers more organic food choices. That certainly wasn’t the case when we started the farm 17 years ago. It means there is growing demand for healthy, organic food, and there are soils out there somewhere in the world that are no longer being poisoned by chemicals. There are now other new food upstarts as well: Blue Apron, Whole Foods (now partnered with Amazon), Natural Grocers, Trader Joes.
But buying organic food from these food suppliers is a double-edged sword. Think about your own carbon footprint when you’re supporting one of these large corporate entities: the shipping costs (barges, ships, trucks, delivery vans) to get the food to the stores; the excessive packaging (read: plastics); the mileage you put in to go to Montrose or elsewhere to make your purchases; the labor that is being exploited by what are now in many cases large corporate owned organic farm entities, many of them situated in developing countries; the fossil fuel used by these large farms to grow the food, and so on and so forth.
You have an amazing opportunity to join us here at Indian Ridge Farm — through our newly revised CSA program — to support a resilient, local organic farm. We’re recommitting ourselves to a CSA program as our main model to market our food. We felt this is the most meaningful way to develop a relationship with our consumers, our friends, the supporters of the farm. And yes, Anne LeFevre, our gardener extraordinaire, is bringing back the produce CSA! We’ve devised our diverse CSA program with flexibility in mind. Essentially, you can order chicken, eggs, broth, pate in quantities dictated by you for the weeks when you need it. We’ll even store some winter storage birds for you (if you haven’t already purchased your ownl freezer at home) so you can have them into the cold winter months.
For more information, please click here on this website. Signups will be available by Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Do it as if your life, and the life of the planet, depended on it. Because it does.