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How can we better support local farmers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Hello Today I disvered an interesting article "Pig Farmer???s Success Challenges Conventional Wisdom". It was quite uplifting, describing how a hog farmer went from factory farming to raising pigs humanely, and what's more he is now more profitable by saving $16,000 per year on antibiotics and vet. Obviously the meat is also much better. It really resonated with me, and I realized that I should support local farmers more actively, so we can better sustain our lifestyle and have better access to healthy meat. I'd like to ask if you can share your experiences regarding what can we do more in this area - do you try to keep in touch with your local farmers, buy from them or maybe even promote their work?

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:18 PM

At the very least you could email links to www.EatWild.com or other beneficial sites to farms.

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on April 24, 2013
at 08:01 AM

I just recently saw an ad in my building for farmers market season that runs from May to Oct, I am planning to go there at least once every two weeks to support the farmers and nourish myself with some quality food! Can't wait :)

I think the best way is to shop local and buy meat in bulk from farmers, that is my plan at least.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Yep, be sure to shop at the farmers market, and also get your friends and coworkers on board. The more people that are loyal the better. Also be sure to ask if there is any way to purchase from your farmer in the "off season", or in bulk, or anyway to buy in, like securing an amount of meat or a share of veggies early on in the season.

Also, if there is a big interest somewhere that the farmer/rancher hasn't reached yet, it's a good idea to consider monthly pick up/delivery options and having some part in organizing that.

I work as a veggie farmer each summer and its the repeat, loyal customer base that really helps smaller local farms thrive.

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on April 24, 2013
at 01:41 PM

I volunteer at our farmers market and we buy almost all of our fresh and frozen food from local farmers.

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