The farm share in which Andy and I invested has forced me to eat vegetables for breakfast!  My love for cooking has been revived as we look forward to a new year full of locally grown organic vegetables every week through May.

And somehow my mind turns to slavery- slavery for what?  Tomatoes?  Members of the Navarrete family in Immokalee were sentenced this past Friday for enslaving (what? enslave?  Yep, enslaving) people who had come to Florida to work.  Read up on it here.  The Florida Grower’s Association is hands-off, reiterating their own code of ethics and how abhorrent slavery is.

Well, no one would ever say that slavery is awesome.  But what we might do is unknowingly support systems that rely on indentured servitude or slavery.  Farm working and domestic labor remain unprotected and even more susceptible to the shenanigans of folks such as the Navarrete family.  It is truly amazing what awful things people will do to make a buck.

Farming is complicated, and I am just beginning to learn more about the complicated web we have woven as a nation in relation to our farming, subsudizing, and its effect in free trade markets.  But the deeper reflection that keeps swimming up to the surface is the question around how we are explioting animals and the earth to make a profit.  While people starve and struggle for clean water, we are producing food for consumers who already have enough.

It saddens me that my share with Worden Farms is a luxury and not something that everyone could afford.  Imagine if our local organic farms were more widely supported by the community.  Imagine having a relationship with the people and the place that grows your food.

So maybe you don’t want a farm share or can’t afford it.  Well, start small by wondering where your tomatoes come from.  Take the eensy-weensy step of saying a word of thanks by yourself or with your family before you eat.  And consider being an ally of the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, and be ready to be inspired by their work that lifts up human dignity and the human talent to organize!

And I do encourage you to check out Worden Farms.  If you typically buy organic produce, I would deeply consider investing in a share for next year. It will save you money and keep you on the right track for eating well.

A box filled with vegetables and some fruits- one every week!

A box filled with vegetables and some fruits- one every week!

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