Farmers, is the recession hitting you?
From Zoe Bradbury of Groundswell Farm
Hi farmer friends,
I'm curious how - or if - the economic slump is affecting you as farmers. I'm trying to collect a little informal data to see if our theories about local/regional food systems are indeed holding up right now. Are they truly more resilient & stable? Able to weather tough economic times? I've got a notion to write a piece on this topic.....
So this is a quick slapdash survey. You're all in different parts of the country but doing similar things: growing organically, selling direct to farmers markets & restaurants, running CSAs - and I'd love your 2 cents on any of these questions:
-Have you or your farm been affected by the economic situation in any way so far? How?
-Are your CSA numbers up, down or normal for 2009 at this point? Any idea for restaurant or Farmers Market sales in 09?
-Are you anticipating any big changes in your markets this season?
-What kinds of things are you hearing from your customers? Are they "leaving" the farm due to financial hardship? Where are they shopping instead?
-How are you going to adapt if there's change on the horizon?
Here in Langlois, we're starting up a CSA this season and I've been amazed at how much interest there is, in spite of all the gloomy financial news on the radio. It's got me curious if somehow growing food for a community of friends & neighbors is something that can endure even the rockiest economic times....
Hope to hear from you, and thanks heaps for taking a second to chime in.
Zoë Ida Bradbury
Farmer - Writer - Food & Society Policy Fellow
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