A health revolution is underway challenging the very faith we place in our food and health care systems we depend on. This revolution has been going on for some time now and many lives have been lost due to our inability to understand how our bodies and the natural world actually work. For example, in 1799 George Washington developed a throat infection and his physician performed the standard procedure of the day by blood-letting in an attempt to cure him until he eventually bled to death. Likewise, by the nineteen thirties farmers, who had been encouraged by the US government to grow more wheat, plowed their fields under in the fall and left them barren until spring to get even bigger harvests until a massive drought caused the Dust Bowl blowing away much of America’s best top soil.
We constantly hear the argument that industrial scale farming, or health care, for that matter is needed to "feed or save our world", but is it true? After 30 years as a manufacturing and supply chain executive I had contributed plenty to that belief; bigger was better and more efficient was always more profitable. After buying tons of aluminum, copper, plastic, computer chips, and disk drives I was a believer; then came the dot com bust, 9/11 and the financial crises and I began to question what was wrong with that belief?
I decided to try something different so I bought a farm, not a Zoo mind you, but an organic vegetable farm and fruit orchard and started down the path of trying grow better food on a more local scale.
This blog will explore how food is grown, how it is distributed and what happens to our environment, our health and our security when we farm the way we do. We are also going to talk about energy to determine if our fossil fuel driven agricultural system is sustainable or not. We are going to talk about the climate and yes “Global Warming” (the elephant in the room) and how it will it change farming forever.
I would like to invite you to join us here at Chimney Rock Farms as we try to answer these questions and more. Our goal is to help others considering farming by learning from our success and our failures, as they happen. We believe it is important now, more than ever, to “Know Your Grower” so you can make informed choices about the products you buy. Consider this invitation your “backstage pass” into learning how pure food and hemp can be grown and what to look for in your own journey towards better health.
So, let’s get going…