The good news is that you can help! Many people are seeking out local farm products for the first time and wanting fresh food with a more direct supply chain between farm and market. Buying products from nearby farms, growing your own food, cooking with locally sourced ingredients, and volunteering in the food system will all contribute to proactively addressing climate change.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? In these unprecedented times, you can certainly make a difference as farmers have been hit hard. The closure of restaurants and food service programs who buy from local farmers provided essential and predictable revenue for many small growers and meat producers, even dairies and creameries. The closure of many farmers markets for a period of time (some closures continue) cut off access for farmers and customers to reach each other. Mass layoffs for loyal customers has meant fewer people buying local food. Farmworkers, long under-resourced and without proper safety nets, are now considered essential workers and struggle without affordable health care.
Excerpt above from our friends and neighbors at 21 Acres. Read more here for more information and resources, and find out how you can help now!
For a growing list of Sammamish Valley farms and agricultural businesses, click here; compiled and published by our friends and supporters at Friends of Sammamish Valley.