Today I am reminded how lucky I am to work for FOG. Due to a child-care bungle, I had to bring my 6-year-old, Calvin, with me to the office for the day. While I worked, he had fun building with blocks, coloring some pictures, and eating some delicious organic veggies for a snack. Overall, he enjoyed “Bring Your Calvin to Work Day” and so did I.
Having him here reminded me yet again me why I feel so strongly about the work we do at Florida Organic Growers. I believe that organic and sustainable agriculture provides a firm foundation for the health of our children, our planet, and therefore our future. That’s why we here at FOG work so hard fighting for organic agriculture in the state of Florida and beyond. Everything we do, from advocating for better organic policy to planting gardens at local schools is done for the sake of our children and yours.
As a consumer, you may wonder why you should support an organization like FOG. Perhaps you’ve read Michael Pollan’s suggestion to “vote with your fork” in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and feel like you’re already doing your part. Aren’t you supporting organic agriculture every time you purchase organic produce at your local grocery store or farmers market? Yes, and that’s great! Keep it up! But today I would encourage you to take it a step further and send in a tax deductible donation to Florida Organic Growers. Your donation will help us ensure that the small farm that grew that organic produce for you can stay in business.
Invest in the future of Florida organic agriculture. Help us advocate for policies that enable farmers to access the land, credit, and crop insurance they need in order to cultivate vital farm businesses and grow the produce that feeds our families. Help us provide appropriate training and mentoring to ensure farmers have the support they need to maintain our nation’s food security.
I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act… Most eaters, however, are no longer aware that this is true. They think of food as an agricultural product, perhaps, but they do not think of themselves as participants in agriculture. They think of themselves as “consumers.” – Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating.
Voting with your fork is important. Raising kids who can recognize an eggplant is important. Modeling good home food behaviors by valuing fresh fruits and vegetables at the family table is great. However, it’s also important to teach our children that eating is an agricultural act. Take them on farm tours, grow a garden with them in your back yard, and donate to Florida Organic Growers on their behalf. I would be proud to raise a future farmer, wouldn’t you?