Large scale industrial agriculture has negative impacts on water quality, public health, and the environment (see CAFOs). We envision a collaborative food system working with local farmers to protect our community and natural resources. Building relationships with our food providers ensures the transparency we need to make the best choices for our bodies, environment, and local economy. This makes it extremely important to promote alternatives, so we started a #FarmFriday campaign!
Each week, a local farm is featured on CCRW’s Facebook, Instagram, and website. We collect photos from farmers as well as statements about their sustainable practices. We visit farmstands to check out the freshest finds. We also include local markets where you can always purchase these products.
We appreciate our small farmers and the many benefits of choosing local.
Benefits of local farms:
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and refrigeration.
- Produce is less likely to come wrapped in single-use plastic.
- Many small farmers are conscious of synthetic herbicide and pesticide use, and several avoid them all together.
- Can be more effective at controlling sediments.
- Animal waste can be managed more effectively.
- Preserves farmland.
- Preserves genetic diversity of crops and livestock.
- Supports our local economy, jobs, and our neighbors.
- Local food can even be more nutritious as it is harvested at peak freshness.
- Small farms can be more equitable as industrial operations are often located in low-income, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color neighborhoods, contributing to environmental injustices.
- Many farmers of the White Oak River Basin take great care to be good stewards of our environment and communities:
- “Our farm borders the Bogue Sound so we believe it is our responsibility to be good stewards of the land, water, and air. We are doing everything we can to take care of the resources that take care of us and you.”- Farm at Bogue
- “The Heart of a community is its food. It is the center of our gatherings, our practice of faith, our family, our lifeblood. Choosing Local, choosing fresh, choosing healthy is not just about local economy, it’s about choosing methods of sustainable practice that ensure our grandchildren and beyond will have the same access to a good life as those that came before us.”- Harlowe Custom Microgreens
Check out our past Farm Friday features. Look for new ones on Fridays!