Siri Erikson-Brown of Local Roots Farm is no stranger to rapidly adapting to change. Farming next to the Snoqualmie River that floods several times a year has brought resilience directly into the Local Roots Farm culture. Siri invites us to see that local farms have an abundant capacity to produce food, how Covid-19 is heightening people's awareness of food supply chains and the importance of scaling our food web to maintain the important human connection local farms and local eaters have. Chains are only as strong as their weakest link...weaving a web of live means bringing food closer to home with more interdependent threads. This is one way to create a durable food network in our region now and for the future.
Some of the adaptations Local Roots is making in response to their changing market: they have redirected their restaurant sales into more CSA shares for the community, their roadside farm stand is doing a steady business and they've been selling plant starts to the gardeners in the area as well produce. One common thread that farms throughout the valley are happy to see is the re-emergence of roadside produce stands common in earlier times.
RavenCroft Garden and Local Roots Farm are also collaborating on ways to bring herbs and people together through a farm experience. Hawthorn hedges and a planting of oats are our first experiments moving toward growing nourishing food and herbal medicine closer to home.
May Abundant Green Blessings prevail in these times of rapid change...