Ethical Importance of [SAP]
- It allows our farm to know how much customer support we have for the 2017 season, which correlates directly to the volume and quantity of Genuine Potatoes, Dry Beans, Roots, & Garlic that are grown out in our fields here in the Leipers Creek Valley.
- It gives the farm most necessary financial support in the early months of the growing season, prior to actually selling produce, when we are hard at work planning out the growing season’s crop rotations and implementations, purchasing all of the season’s organic and heirloom seeds and supplies, figuring out selling logistics and customer relations, thinking of on-farm education programs, and sizing up intern/volunteer participation. A good point to remember is that Organic farming requires tremendous amounts of up-front cost, extensive education and knowledge, a long list of intuitive handyman skill sets, and a whole lot of heart, ethic and determination, with not near as high of net hourly wage returns as other businesses, factories, or occupations.
For example, if a small organic farmer’s goal was to make a net hourly wage of $20 dollars, then organic fresh vegetables and fruit prices would no doubt go up. So see, if a farm were to total up yearly, all spent money and hours on the farm, and then deem produce prices accordingly as an American Fair Trade standard. One might then see that a $3.00 head of lettuce, or a $3.00 bunch of beets, or a $2.50 per pound potato is not expensive at all. In fact, more than likely, all organic vegetables should be sold at a higher price, if I as a farmer am to continue to make a living, as you as a consumer are making a living. This little example did not even add in the initial cost of the farming property or any of the start up supplies, equipment or infrastructure that had to be purchased for our organic farm to function from the get go. Therefore, the next time you feel as if you are just paying your local organic farmer way to much money for your wonderful weekly sustenance of delicious vegetables and fruits, then please think again and realize how much time, investment, and outside manual labor it would be for you to seriously have to grow ALL your own organic vegetables and fruits. Also remember, that your organic farmer might not even be falling within an appropriate American Fair Trade Standard hourly wage for taking on such the occupation of necessity for citizens to healthfully survive…if we all do not have a resource of synthetic chemical free food, air, and water then we as a people and culture will not and cannot exist in good health and environment.
- If you are going to spend money on organic produce then it just makes sense to buy it from a local farm. By doing this you are improving local economics, you are using less non-renewable natural resources as you are lowering your carbon footprint, & you are improving the local environment’s ecosystem by supporting synthetic chemical free Agriculture. In exchange, you are getting a Hands On Educational Experience of Growing your own food and you are improving your health and future generations health.
- It allows you and your family to have a direct connection to the Beautiful and Healthy fields from where your food is grown. It feels a lot better to know how and where your Potatoes, Dry Beans, Roots, & Garlic are grown than not.
- It helps educate about the farming season’s of TN and what fresh vegetables and fruits are in season at what times of the year. This type of information use to be common knowledge just a couple generations ago, and it has become lost in our cultures so called progressions. You will be able to become connected again to these real and genuine seasonal cycle’s of the past that are hard to find in our mechanized, industrialized, and unnaturalized world.
- It allows our organic farm to grow and continue to exist. Small, local, organic farms like ours rely on 100% local customers. It is a great notion for the local 1 million plus population, of our middle TN area, to step up and make eating local and organically grown vegetables and fruits that are in season from farms a top priority. Imagine if all of a sudden the grocery stores could not get shipments of Potatoes, Dry Beans, Roots,and Garlic from all across the country anymore. You would sure be glad you had pre-invested as a member of the Shared Agriculture Program, at Arugula’s Star Farm. Think of how many local organic farms would need to exist, in the Middle TN surrounding areas, if everyone relied on local organic vegetables and fruits as their sustenance. Looking from this perspective, it helps to not take local organic farms for granted or to treat them as they are a second step in the process of your household’s edible purchasing.