October 3, 2012 Emerald Isle, NC – Crystal Coast Organics: Community Supported Agriculture comes to Carteret County
Live in the western Carteret County area? You can get fresh organic produce delivered weekly and support your local farmer and economy. Contact Crystal Coast Organics, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 252.241.5261
I don’t usually write blogs about local happenings. But I have found this event to be an exception, and one I cannot pass up writing about. Even if you don’t live in Carteret County, North Carolina, you can still benefit from this blog. I encourage you to get involved with your local CSA and farmer – buying local (and organic) helps everyone.
Happy Hens, Happy Children, Healthy Food
This past Sunday my sons and I went to the Crystal Coast Organics Open House at Sweet Poppy Farm, the new local organic CSA (community supported agriculture) project that I just learned about a few weeks ago. So excited to visit the place where our eggs and fresh produce would come from, I loaded 2 of our 3 boys into yes, our Prius, and glided on down the highway 58 to the Swansboro/Pelletier area.
My sons were chomping at the bit (no pun intended) to take pictures of the farm. So I handed my 6 year old Michael our aging Nikon D50 and I trepidatiously handed my iPhone over to our newly minted and very adventurous 5 year old.
We arrived to happy hens and crowing roosters, preening and roaming free around the farmyard. Horses were being fed apples by the many children which, by the way, outnumbered the adults. The sight immediately gave me hope for our future – these few dozen children would grow up more closely to how our parents and grandparents grew up – with clean food.
I fear for the current generation of children who have grown up on processed “Frankenfood,” covered in insecticides and filled with RoundUp, thanks (but no thanks) to the evil efforts of Monsanto (the monopolizing perpetrator who has pushed GMO (genetically modified food) on the world by patenting a massive portion (which means they own) of American crops. Thankfully most of the world is pushing back against Monsanto, banning their substances in preference of real food, clean food. Learn more about the dangers of GMO’s
This sweet sight at the farm, right here in our own county, gave me great hope that these children would complete a full circle return to farming – the way our grandparents did it with their Victory gardens in the post-WWII era. It’s time for us to support local farmers who have carried on this Victory garden tradition – of respecting the soil of the earth, caretaking it gently, rotating crops and fields to let the soil rest, and using natural forms of pest control. The added benefit is that our children can grow up knowing where their food comes from – which can help them appreciate “what’s for dinner” even more.
What does that give us? Yes, slightly smaller but tastier (my family thinks so) and safer vegetables and fruits. Plus we can rest soundly at night knowing we have supported our local economy, our local farmer, and best of all – our children will grow up WITHOUT having consumed thousands of pounds of RoundUp and other insecticides that are harmful to our health. Read more about the crazy things that pesticides are doing to your body
Back on the Farm