We live in a mountain valley and we are accessible by three roads. One year it rained so hard that all the roads washed away and we were left high and stranded for two weeks. During this time it became clear that we were highly dependent upon external food sources for our survival.
Since then many different community efforts have begun to ameliorate these issues. We have a CSA program (community supported agriculture) where local farmers deliver weekly boxes of seasonal vegetables to households in the local area. We have a local store/restaurant called Farmer and the Cook that supplies a venue for local grown foods to be sold. We have a bustling farmers market that is run and stocked by local farmers.
I know this doesn't serve everyone though. There are homeless people who get food from the church. The church gets the food donated from volunteers like our school (we make sandwiches once a week). There are people I see getting up early and scavenging for recycling products. They look hungry.
Then there are the animals. The bears and coyotes come close to and into town when there isn't enough food and water. We should plant berry fields for them and give them reservoirs so they can make it without having to deal with us and our stupid gunmen. Some people are working towards helping in this regard like the Ojai Wildlife League.
I know that in town there has been a rise in urban agriculture and a chicken raising boom. I like that.
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