I could not be more excited about what’s in the works!
A Call to Open Farms will couple the tactility of my first non-profit — FarmHands-CityHands — formed 25 years ago to link farm and city for the social, cultural, economic and environmental enrichment of both — with the immediacy and reach of today’s technology.
A Call to Open Farms will encourage and enable folks from all walks of life to visit as many area farms, farmers’ markets, country and county fairs, stores and restaurants that support local agriculture as possible.
Beginning with the Spring 2013 Growing Season, A Call to Open Farms will:
* Educate people about the importance of local food and farming, and about the opportunities for farm-city links.
* Guide participants to area markets, farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, fairs, festivals, stores and restaurants that support local agriculture, including ways and means of getting there.
* Give them the tools to provide creative and profuse Proof of Presence (PoP) — allowing them to post a vibrant array of videos, photos, stories, songs, performances, poems, recipes and more here, at farmhands.org and participating sites.
* Reward them for their involvement — from the intrinsic pleasures of digging in, helping out, making friends and being the farm-city link to prizes like FarmDay and FarmStay getaways, flower bouquets, private wine tastings, meet-the-chef meals, and more….
* Celebrate the results with exciting events like Eaters’ Appreciation Day, Giving of Thanks Soiree, and more.
We’re making plans for in-city FarmFests, biodiesel bus tours, up-country FarmDays, and for a program that we think will herald a delicious and propitious bonding of people, call to nature and use of technology.
We’ll of course keep you posted!
A Call to Open Farms will be a wonderful ride. And for every good reason, we want you with us on it!
As importantly, since we’re already planting seeds, we hope you will begin now in visiting and supporting all the local farms and markets that you can!