This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Thaddeus Barsotti, a second generation organic farmer who grows and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables in Northern California through his family’s companies, Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You. Barsotti talks about the challenges that small farmers face including a distribution system for produce that’s heavily oriented toward large producers and markets. So what’s a little farming operation to do? One solution is the CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – where farmers cut out the “middle man” and distribute directly to the consumer, literally to your door. Barsotti talks about the role that the internet has played in promoting local small farmers and what we can do as consumers to make sure we’re eating local produce and supporting smaller farmers.
The second episode of our Back To The Future series looks at the revival of a locally based food system in western Massachusetts. We talk with Margaret Christie of CISA (Community In Support of Agriculture), visit with organic farmer Jim Pitts at the Amherst Farmers Market, and speak with social historian Christopher Clark about how the market economy evolved in the Connecticut Valley in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Sea Change Radio goes to the Northeast Organic Farm Association conference to talk with Will Allen of Growing Power, Abby Youngblood of Just Food, and Scott Kellogg, author of [amazon-product text=”Toolbox For Sustainable City Living” type=”text”]0896087808[/amazon-product].