Why we need this program

Investing in the Kearsarge Food Hub means contributing to real solutions on the local level.

You can’t have community as an add on to a monetized society, you have to actually need each other.
— Charles Eisenstein

Over the last four years, we’ve been learning about how we can help our community and local food system thrive. We’ve been peeling back the layers, aiming to reveal the connections and potential all around and within us. As Charles Eisenstein said, “you can’t have community as an add on to a monetized society, you have to actually need each other”. The idea of a monetized society reflects the sterilization that can occur when all value is reduced to the dollar. Money is an important tool for modern life, but it is just a placeholder. It does not have any inherent value. What’s more, not everything can be quantified. The true and diverse values within a community are based in relationships, in turning to one another for support and building and sharing things greater than ourselves. These functions cannot be outsourced. That’s what we are doing here in Bradford - remembering and reforging connections based on our local needs and based on genuine connections. Through these efforts, we’ve had the chance to reveal the needs of our community.

We need more concerted collaboration and ways to share knowledge and resources, both within the food system itself and the community at large. We need more opportunities for connection with each other and with the soil in order to heal ourselves and the planet. We need local jobs that support our people as well as the ecosystems around us. We need to actively abolish the false dichotomy between environmental needs and economic needs by emphasizing their connectedness. We need more small, regenerative farms, more young people to go into farming, and more farmer support so that the way we grow food can shine as an example of sustainability. We need actionable steps toward food sovereignty for all, so that we have more control over how our food is grown and who has access to it (hint: everyone).

Our work is directly addressing some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. Challenges like climate change, land and resource use, human health and wellbeing, and economic stability. It might seem overwhelming, or perhaps idealistic, but it’s possible to make the change, to be the change. It comes back to community and it comes back to the soil. Solutions emerge when we support each other from the ground up, when we remember our connections to each other and our responsibility to the land that sustains us. Local food is the catalyst; it’s where this whole movement beings. If we can change how we grow and eat our food, and create access for everyone, we really can change the world.

We are offering solutions through our vision of a community supported restorative food system, through building systems and nurturing each other and the land. Yet, many don’t know how to envision a restorative local food system in our region. Here is what your monthly contribution will help us establish in our community:

  • Farmer Support. The conventional food system fails us in the area of support to small and mid-sized farmers. A restorative local food system is one in which those that take the care to grow our food have ample and easy access to the resources they need to succeed, including infrastructure, markets, and labor.

  • Food Security. When everyone in the Kearsarge region has physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life, there will be food security in our area.

  • Environmental Stewardship. Regenerative farming practices that nurture the land by building robust soils and positively contributing to vital ecosystem functions can help to restore the natural world to health.Farm land under this kind of care is capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food, ultimately leading to healthy communities, economies, and ecosystems.

  • Community Vitality. Communities have vitality when neighbors feel connected over a shared sense of belonging; where there are economic opportunities to support our families; and when there are ample occasions for coming together over food, the arts, education, and celebration for folks of all ages and walks of life.