Settle in, the changes aren't just for the short term
As human beings and as local food advocates, this is our time to step up as leaders and serve our communities. Every period of adversity in history gives us stories of people who saw urgent needs and rose up to meet them. The local, sustainable food movement has been building resilient systems for generations. Now is our time to shine!
Being a leader requires the ability to respond quickly. You have to survey the facts, take in the big picture, identify the critical needs that you have the power to meet, and create the solutions. As quickly as possible.
Local food has got this! We have an incredible opportunity to meet a felt, daily need of every person on this planet. We grow sustenance. We sustain human life. Adversity is the time for us to collectively reveal the strength of the local, small, place-based economies we have been working our whole lives to build.
Here is a breakdown of how we as farmers and producers can adapt and shine: