After reading all the information about food security I was really interested in finding out how secure my community was. I live in Bedford Massachusetts and it turns out that my town and the surrounding areas are well fed. There are at least 5 local farms within a 10 mile radius around me. I was feeling pretty good about this until I read Amos Meeks' Learn2 post: http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/learn2-food-security-in
. Amos lives a little over ten miles away so basically we live in the same community.
In his post he mentions that although we have a lot of local farms the farms that we have only grow vegetables and herbs. Since they do not grow grains and other high calorie produce, the farms wouldn't be that useful.
That's a problem. I was reading in the information provided by Alchemy that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) systems help get communities more involved with farms. I think it would be interesting to try and influence local farms to begin to grow more cereals. I think this could be accomplished by setting up a CSA. I also really like Amos' idea of "Farm punk" as he calls it.
Although their isn't a food crisis in our area currently. I think that it is important to try and institute food security measures so that there never will be a problem. You know? Be pro-active rather then re-active.
Link to info about (CSAs) http://www.foodsecurity.org/CFS_projects.pdf