Agriculture & Food Production
“The word agriculture, after all, does not mean ‘agriscience,’ much less ‘agribusiness.’ It means ‘cultivation of land.’ - Wendell Berry, The Use of Energy
“Genetically diverse natural populations [of crops] in healthy ecosystems, in contrast [to single-crop farming] have millions of years’ design experience in coping with surprises.” - Paul Hawkin, Natural Capitalism
Land and Life recognizes that environments designed to foster local food production do more than support healthy eating. The resiliency gained by a community producing a third to a half of its local produce extends well beyond the monetary savings of readily available good food. Small-scale, local agriculture reduces storm water treatment costs, reduces trucking costs, boosts local economy, and supports nutritious eating. A community’s resiliency resides in the diversity of its crops, grown locally, and tended by diverse groups of people.
Food Security: ready access to good food for everyone
Land and Life works with community groups to identify and lobby for policies, programs, and regulations supportive of local food production that fosters people’s ready access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. We work to reclaim empty lots, develop community gardens, and bring food production to K-12 educational programs.
Community Resiliency: food is critical to a community’s resiliency
In adverse times readily available good food, the production of which is stewarded by a cross section of the population, nourishes a community’s ability to resist and recover from unexpected shocks: natural disasters, transportation issues, economic downturns. Our work with local groups and organizations makes small-scale agriculture an integral part of the greater community.
Local Economy: growing food empowers citizens
Often a community’s agricultural base doesn’t die, it moves away. This admission helps Land and Life professionals introduce individuals, neighborhoods, and municipalities to the economic benefits of local, small-scale farming. A built environment that fosters local production broadens the economic base, builds the local economy by keeping people’s purchasing power in the community, and contributes to the public’s health.