Monthly Archives: April 2011

7 Billion…And Counting

This is a big number evoking serious conversation, with an invitation for the serious to listen and contribute.

9,000,000 people are expected to inhabit Earth within the next 40 years. Currently there are 7 billion people populating the planet!

We recently had the privilege to listen to James McWilliams, the “Contrarian Agrarian” as he challenged our assumptions about eating sustainably. We were faced with some serious questions:

  • Do “food miles” tell an accurate story about the impact of our daily food choices?
  • Is “eating locally” always the most responsible thing to do?
  • Is being a “locavore” even possible for more than just a small portion of Earth’s inhabitants?
  • How can we feed the Earth’s rapidly growing population in a way that is just and sustainable?

The context for these questions was the biggest query of the night, and perhaps should be the biggest question for us all as our species moves forward, “How do we feed 9 billion people?” (and I would like to add) “…and not kill the planet?”

I don’t have answers to any of these questions, but they are worth letting stew in our intellect, discussing with others, and listing to what our hearts tell us as we decide how we want to respond. I don’t know how we will feed 9 billion people, but I can tell you I don’t feel responsible to feed them. I feel a connection and a responsibility to our people here, in the Willamette Valley and Oregon. Therefore, we will continue our work raising great food and cultivating meaningful relationships. We are thankful to live where we do and be a part of the community we are connected with, of which you are a part. We will continue to look to the old mantra, “Think globally, act locally”, and hope the rest of the world does the same.

If you are interested, here is an intriguing video by National Geographic taking a look at our current population realizations. Thanks for sharing, Kody Paine!


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Our Family Farm CSA

It doesn’t stand for the all too common Condiment Servicing Agent.

It isn’t the modern and affluent Chilean Swimming Academy.

Nor is it the fine spirits and tobaccoery of  Chortle & Snort Associates.

It is the one thing that grasps at the strings of our hearts, causing even the strongest of us to consider the close placement of an epinephrine pen in the event of faintness. IT IS <play music from 2001 A Space Odyssey> COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (smile and sigh).

Please see Year Of The Local: A 12 Step Program- Part 2 for a quick look at what this wonderful opportunity is. Or if you are already familiar with how CSAs work, enjoy the details of participating in Our Family Farm’s CSA for 2011.

How It Works

Our CSA season runs mid May through mid October, with turkeys for the holidays.          

Our full share is $375 and equates to two chickens per butcher (4 a  month) and a turkey.

Our half share is $225  and equates to one chicken per butcher (2 a  month) and a turkey.

We have a drop site downtown Eugene.

Please email us with questions, or to sign up.

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