Why become a part of the Backyard Farmers movement?
- Our society (children especially) has become disconnected from the natural world, and in particular, our food.
- Nutrient levels in our foods are at an all time low and this is having a profound impact upon our overall public health.
- The monetary and environmental costs associated with transporting our food an average of 1,500 miles from producer to table is not cost-effective or sustainable.
- Great tastes from your own food supply
The state of our industrialized food system is reaching a breaking point – more people than ever before are becoming ill and dying from poorly maintained mass produced food sources. The petro-chemicals that are used in planting, maintaining, fertilizing, transporting and storing our food are becoming more expensive and are running out. Our soils are incredibly depleted of nutrients - Americans today are the first society ever in history to be both overweight, yet malnourished. Poor nutrition and diabetes is rampant, particularly in our youth. A connection to each other and the natural world is lacking.
We are all farmers at heart...
Trace back your roots - somewhere in your not too distant past you will surely find ancestors who worked the land for their sustenance. As recently as one hundred years ago, close to ninety percent of Americans were farmers. Germans, Irish, Africans, Italians, Chinese, Polish, English - our ancestors who immigrated to this country over the past three hundred or more years primarily came from small agrarian communities around the world - it’s in our blood. It just feels good to nurture plants (and animals) and in the process begin to establish our own supply of highly nutritious, pesticide-free food. Not to mention just picked, organic produce tastes far superior - just ask any chef. It’s basic chemistry - nutrient dense, organic foods have better flavor.
For our children
Watch a child experiencing a garden - it is a world of discovery beyond compare. Digging potatoes is like uncovering buried treasure, watching beans and peas they planted push upward from the ground is exhilarating, and sampling tomatoes from the vine is sheer bliss. Backyard Farmers President, Al Benner and his wife Deena are the parents of twin 6 year old boys - Owen and Coleman. The boys have grown up around the garden each summer and the experience continues to enrich them in countless ways. From planting seeds, to sampling snap peas fresh on the vine, and making homemade applesauce or peach pies, the learning experiences, family bonding, and teaching moments are endless. When children are involved with growing a garden and raising their own food they are much more likely to eat that food, and in turn develop healthy eating habits that will stay with them a lifetime. This past summer when the Benner boys were nowhere to be found they were either in the garden or up in the peach tree!
To introduce as many American homeowners, business owners, and school children as possible to all the health, environmental, social, and financial benefits associated with replacing unproductive lawn areas with organic fruit and vegetable gardens, edible landscapes, and protein producing sources such as fresh eggs. It is also the company's commitment to give back 15% of all net profits to help educate less fortunate families about all the benefits of growing their own produce, and to provide funding for them to help set up their own community gardens.
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