How to Start a Farm-to-Family Co-op for Regional Food Security


“The store is completely out of bread, milk, and beef. There’s three packages of chicken wings on the shelf, a half-dozen sacks of potatoes, and a bag of lettuce that looks like it’s been cooked in the microwave. What should I do?”

“I don’t know, Honey. Just get some more canned goods and we'll make it another week, hopefully.”

Is this the new normal? Will grocery store shelves remain half-empty? Will you be forced to eat unhealthy, packaged foods you'd normally bypass for fresh, organically grown produce, hearty beef cuts from the butcher counter, and bread baked that morning in the store bakery? And if so, for how long?

These are questions every American may be asking their families, and unfortunately, many of these questions will remain unanswered for a few months, perhaps years, possibly from now on. Food insecurity is weighing heavily on everyone’s mind during this unprecedented time in our lives. Families need to eat, and eating packaged foods from around the globe isn't sustainable, healthy, or cost-effective. So, what can you do to change this nightmare scenario, and keep your family safe, well-fed, and healthy?

The author tends his cattle at The Sunflower Farm.

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