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Letter: Food resiliency

Published: 3/23/2020 6:26:53 PM

 

To the editor:

New Hampshire is not known as an agricultural state. We produce an extremely small percentage of the food we consume. Most of it comes from California’s central valley, Mexico, China, South America and so on. That doesn’t mean we should give up on our local farms, quite the opposite in lieu of the current world situation.

I have been actively farming produce grown to or above organic standards for ten years in this region. My wife has helped me tremendously and I could not have done it without her support. I have seen at least ten produce farms in our area go out of business in the that time, not all for the same reasons.

Farming for most of us is not easy, both economically and the work in general. Farming has been a true labor of love and apparently also a love of labor. I have been told countless times that we have a high quality product and I have worked very hard over the years to try and accomplish just that, all with the goal of serving our community.

Recently, many farms in the area including our own have seen a dramatic spike in business. This is great but also points to an uncomfortable truth. That is when a pandemic such as coronavirus hits and scared people try to secure food for themselves, our region doesn’t have nearly enough farms to support the local demand. We have had to turn some people away recently. We would be wise to address this situation going forward. Therefore, I am asking for folks to come up with ideas that would result in positive actions in order to enhance our regions food resiliency.

Gene Jonas

Hungry Bear Farm

Wilton


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