Episode 53: Local Farming and Our Food

When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
— Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
— Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

With various grocery stores, restaurants and even food delivery services in the world, it is worth considering our food sources and how they affect local agriculture. This week we welcome Charlotte Graham, who has worked as a local food coordinator at Peirce Dining Hall in Kenyon College, to explain the impact of these systems. Our discussion ventures through issues of health, science, civic responsibility and economic considerations.