We are a collective of young, open minded individuals from all around the world and from all walks of life. We have come together out of a common desire to provide ourselves, our families, and our communities with natural foods and medicines, and more importantly, to help others begin or continue their own journey towards self reliance. Further motivation finds its roots in a desire to live as part of a resilient community and in the process become independent of the fickle nature of the economies and food systems of the industrial world.
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”
We all know the saying, but it rings true more today than ever. For all of human history, humans have come together in community to share in the labours of survival. Whether hunter-gatherer, or agrarian society, we have always joined forces to gather and harvest food on various scales. It's only within the last couple thousand years that cities were born out of agricultural efficiency, and as more and more of us moved into the city, fewer of us knew how to take care of ourselves and our basic needs. Recently, humans have even collectively forgotten how to cook the fish.
The scale on which so many of us now depend on so few farms, in so few areas of the world, is frightening. The Central Valley of California now produces an astronomical proportion of the fruit and vegetable for North America, and it appears to be gulping its last drops of water as the years of drought have led to empty reservoirs and aquifers. The Central Valley, however, is likely only the warning sign of a bigger, global problem. Traditional agrarian societies have, in general, protected the soil which nature, along with their ancestors, helped nourish and build over generations. Where industrial agriculture has moved in, however, a different story, one of soil degradation, is told. All over the world, we are destroying our prime agricultural soil through urbanization, salination, desertification, and general degradation from years of intensive over-use. Population continues to climb, while around the world, the soils of many agricultural hotbeds stand on the edge of collapse as the world warms up.
The only solution is to build local food networks and support farms that are not just practising organic methods, we need to go beyond and ensure we are practicing regenerative agriculture in order to regenerate our lands, and in the process take our lives back into our own hands. Not only do we want to strive towards providing as much natural food we we can for ourselves and our community, we want to show as many people as we can how to take control of their own destinies to avoid much of the discomfort that may arise as a result of the stresses on the global industrial food chain.