Forrest Pritchard

Forrest has been farming professionally since 1996. His book Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers Markets, Local Food & Saving The Family Farm is now available from Lyons Press. Click HERE to order.

9 responses to “3 Ways the World Can Grow More Organic Food”

  1. Maria

    I try my best to shop Organic and local. However a lot of these humane farms charge nearly 40 usd for a chicken! The sweet egg farms that are 100% cruelty free are 10 Dollars a dozen here. The mark up is too much and often I have to get store Organic brands or conventional. I am on disability and it is difficult to support my family on a sustainable farm diet. I would be a ‘bulk food aisle vegetarian’ easily but I have a partner who needs meat. I think more people if given a choice where mark up is not 4x more than the other price they would choose local organic sustainable.

  2. Sherene

    Thanks so much for writing this. Ill have Lyra, my future farmer, read this for schoolwork this morning.

  3. Lyra Cauley

    This is Lyra I am going to be one of those farmers one day. I have wanted to be one since I was small and of course, we believe in eating from and supporting small farms.

  4. Amy B.

    I know this is small potatoes (no pun intended) in terms of feeding the masses, but I’ve started to see ornamental lawns and nice, manicured backyards as awful wastes of space. Look at all that land where we could be GROWING FOOD. I think something else farmers and farming communities have going for them that seems to be lost in urban areas is bartering, a greater sense of trust, and probably a stronger sense of “being in it together” and looking after each other. Think of what we could do in cities if people were actually *neighborly* to their neighbors. “My kale crop did awesomely this year…and I see you have more zucchini than you know what to do with. Let’s swap.” Lots of people in cities don’t even *know* their neighbors beyond a nod and a wave. (Me included…)

    There’s a lot of fear out there, and we get so worried about “taking care of our own” that we end up with an every man for himself system, when some of that fear would dissipate if we all felt a little more responsible for people and places around us.

    A little pie-in-the-sky, I know, but those are my thoughts. I tried growing tomatoes, peppers, & herbs last year but failed miserably. I remain undaunted and will try again this season. We don’t all have to farm for a living, but I certainly believe we can all grow at least *some* of our own food. I have fond memories of eating green beans right off the stalks in the backyard of my childhood home — in New York City, no less! My mother used to give away tomatoes and peppers to the neighbors b/c we had more than we could eat.

    And how to get people more interested in all this? Don’t even get me started on grade school. I think they should all have access to a community garden (if not small farm), not to mention a kitchen, woodshop, electronics shop… People should have at least a basic, very elementary working knowledge of farming, cooking, carpentry, etc. In my 30s I find myself trying to learn skills I wish I had grown up with, but didn’t. (Loved your post on 4H because of this.)

  5. Sox

    Thanks for this refreshing approach on the “organic vs. conventional” debate. As a young person who is about to embark on their first apprenticeship this summer, its always nice to hear how older farmers are willing and happy to support the next generation. Cheers!

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