As we continue to learn about how to properly synthesize sources into coherent and well developed arguments and debates, we turn our attention away from last week’s focus on global food systems and equitable access to resources to more local food systems. In class we watched the documentary ‘Grow!’ , which focused on young organic farmers in Georgia and their attempt to impact our local food systems.

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For Socratic seminar next week you need to take your notes from this documentary and the outside research and reading you conduct over the weekend, and come ready to make connections between our discussion on global food systems and access from last week and your own questions and perspectives on a more local system.

Remember our guiding questions for this unit, and the specific questions for this documentary (in green) as you work through your research for Socratic seminar:

  • Do we have a responsibility to protect and preserve the environment?
    • How can we do this through farming practices?
    • How do we encourage more farmers to use sustainable practices?
  • Do we have a responsibility to ensure equitable access to food and water for our fellow-man?
    • How does the locavore movement address this issue?
    • Is this an issue to be addressed at the local, state or national level?
      • How would citizens and the state address these issues at these levels?
  • How do we work towards greater environmental awareness and stewardship?
    • How can the average citizen contribute positively to the issues of sustainability in our food systems?

If you would like to re-watch the documentary over the weekend it is available for streaming on YouTube for $1.99. Click here to access the film. It is also available on itunes as well.

Additional resources that may help you become more familiar with this topic and successfully brainstorm questions for our seminar are listed below:

  • Georgia Organics: Georgia Organics is a member supported, non-profit organization connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. We believe food should be community-based, not commodity-based. An outgrowth of a grower’s association established in the 1970s, Georgia Organics is devoted to promoting sustainable foods and local farms in Georgia. A sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment, and economy. Recognizing this vital need, Georgia Organics builds supply through grower education and outreach, and grows demand on the consumer and business end by encouraging market opportunities for local food.  Click here to visit their website.

 

  • Local Harvest: LocalHarvest connects people looking for good food with the farmers who produce it. Buying local is about enjoying real food, grown yourself or purchased from people you trust. It’s about developing strong local economies and producing food on a human scale. It’s about eating seasonally, practicing the art of cooking, and sitting down to enjoy meals together. It requires ample local and regional producers, processors, and distributors. As we see it, the goal of the local food movement is to create thriving community-based food systems that will make high quality local food available to everyone. Click here to visit their website.

 

  • Georgia Farm Bureau: The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is Georgia’s largest and strongest voluntary agricultural organization with more than 300,000 member families. It is an independent, non-governmental organization. The membership is mainly composed of farm families in rural communities and of people who want Georgia to be agriculturally successful, progressive and prosperous. Click here to visit their website.

 

Chris and Jenny Jackson, young organic farmers in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Chris and Jenny Jackson, young organic farmers in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Finally, if you like to check out the farm of our former history-teacher-turned-farmer, Chris Jackson, and his wife Jenny, click here. 

I look forward to our seminar Wednesday, February 22nd!