(How the Food Movement Changes More Than Food)
Hi, this is Tim. I used to teach science, and loved it, but left several years ago to work on something that was nagging at me. The more I dug into it, the longer it took. This project started as an effort to shore up a tiny town and provide meaningful work for older youth. We wanted to provide an orchard, gardens, and an old farmstead for them and others to restore and enjoy. Learning and doing, and having fun.
However, as I understood more about why nearly all of the rural towns were decaying after thriving for a hundred years, and how that hurts even urban areas, it got even more intriguing. The Food Movement (Food Network, Farm-to-Table, Know-your-farmer, etc.) was fairly new, and it was clear that it wasn't just about food.
I worked on related historic restoration on the side while trying to come up with a better understanding of what was happening and what concrete things might be done -because I felt like there were new opportunities developing for both ruralites and urbanites, and we weren't putting things together like we could.
We're in farm country, but it wasn't just about rural spaces. It's a long story, and you can probably relate to it, which might be why you're here -maybe after checking out the some of the main website at ReGroup.Farm. Most of the content will be here, because we're using this to support our efforts on both the for-profit side and the non-profit side.
Thank you for coming to our Patreon site! We're really looking forward to sharing this Journal of the F.a.R.M. with you and getting your thoughts, too.
Some friends and I have talked and worked together for years on "This Project", and we think there's a special crowd out there that will feel a connection to what we're thinking and doing. The kind of people that like to think deeply and creatively when they're looking at a problem -going back to causes of causes of causes sometimes. Then they also like to see some action to check out the new ideas.
What you'll see here is a mix of urbanites and ruralites, Lefties and Righties, believers and non-believers, taking another look at things we normally take for granted. Lots of things. Things that divide us and things that unite us -which might seem rare.
Things our grandkids will wish we'd done differently. Wasteful things, and things that create anger without much chance of resolution. Ideas and actions that don't fit well in the Liberal/Conservative frameworks. (This might bother some people, but let us show you what we mean.)
Food is a big part of this -including our country's changing food system. So is our built environment, especially out in our decaying rural towns. But it isn't about the sad state of things as much as it is about renewal and re-thinking rural spaces. It's already starting to happen, we just want to encourage the new conversation that's emerging. It started with the Food Movement, and that's still the anchor.
Your support is what lets us continue our hands-on projects as well as this Journal of the F.a.R.M., with video and animation to go along with the text soon. If you've been to our website ReGroup.Farm for the overview, our ReGroup.Farm Facebook page, or our Re Crew (non-profit) Facebook page, you've seen our projects.
Those Re-building projects, along with explanations here, will really help make the statement about renewal and rethinking as we go along. That's one of the things we're here for, and it's a big part of what you're helping with. Subscriptions here are inexpensive and you can quit anytime, so we'd love to have you join us, get the ongoing story, and be helping to make it happen!