I have spent more than 30 years writing about food and agriculture for newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, USA Today and The Courier-Journal. These days I am co-ordinator of Metro Louisville government’s Louisville Farm to Table project. The project seeks to coalesce the demand for local food in the urban area while exposing Kentucky farmers to new markets.
Getting local food to market has proven more complicated than I anticipated, and I have searched all over the internet for people who are going through what I’m going through. Not finding a satisfying community, I am hoping that this blog will provide a place where people can gather to commiserate, contradict and otherwise work out solutions to the challenges of creating a local food economy.
What is a local food economy? What does it mean and how do we make it happen on a scale that supports farmers while allowing more consumers to participate? How do we solve issues of aggregation, marketing, compensation, processing, and distribution to create a system that is robust and fair? How do we deal with issues of cost and accessibility, with policy and practicality? I find I invent answers as I go along and have to believe that others have conquered at least some of this territory. I’m hoping to hear from a few of them.