Creating local food economies begins at home
Local farmers, Community Supported Agricultural, farmers markets, restaurants and schools are leading the transformation to a healthy, fresh and localized food network. At Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor, MI over 70 farms and producers are now selling their products increasing the availability of locally grown produce to consumers in the Old West Side neighborhood.
I believe that if there were a Farm Stop like Argus within 1/2 mile of every home in America, we could feed everyone with the most delicious, fresh, and healthy food available. Most food would no longer need to be shipped from great distances. It could be grown with less energy and eliminate the need for chemicals and fertilizers that harm our water, soil and people.
By shopping at places like Argus Farm Stop, consumers could buy directly from the producers. Plus we are forming a community around local food. When we walk into Argus, we are likely to meet a farmer delivering goods, or another customer asking questions about the products in the market, or a staffer who can explain the growing practices of the farms. Most importantly, we're likely to see old friends and meet new ones. Every dollar stays in our community and contributes to our own health and well being.