Sounds simple enough, no? In fact this is one of the most confusing subjects for most and seems to raise many different emotions depending on whom you may be speaking with. For one, the advent of the organic food movement has led to what seems like a divisive niche in food & grocery shopping. The many concerns the organic food movement brought to light are absolutely necessary and most of all, it has refined our awareness around what we are willing to put in our bodies. With the public awareness growing, came higher demands for standards in soil health, farming, pest control, distribution, handling and a curiosity around how these concepts & the distance our food travels from farm to table can impact our health & the environment. Public awareness has spawned new industries & created innovative ways to look at how we obtain our food and how it’s grown or raised.

Whether ones passion is food and lifestyle or movement coaching in an exercise setting, minimizing risk to improve the likelihood of success seems like a good common sense idea. It’s seems just putting our trust & faith into the hands of our food suppliers should be enough, and industry would prefer we uphold that kind of thinking. In many parts of the world, it may actually be the case, but that may be changing due to supply, demand, weather pattern changes as well as food industry marketing and advertising strategy. In most traditional or non industrialized or urbanized societies, fresh real food is valued highly, but seemingly without the fear based ideas so often found in highly industrialized places. Folks typically rely on seasonal variety and cooking at home more often than eating on the fly, as seems to be the norm in industrialized cities. There’s also lots of information surfacing on the benefits of seasonal variety and food crop rotation and how this can impact both our health and the health of the soil, and how that impacts our food and eventually us and the animals and crops we raise for our food supply.

A buddy of mine, Chris Avery, a fellow fitness professional & owner of Aviary Farms in upstate New York, has recognized many of these trends and has been pioneering an effort to educate communities in need in how to source and obtain affordable, high quality food as well as teaching those communities about how food quality can impact ones health & well being.

Chris’s CSA, UrbanFarmHand(.org) is making an effort to reconnect consumers with the hands that grow & raise their food. They have formed alliances in communities where quality real food and produce is tragically difficult to obtain, let alone afford. UrbanFarmHand is a CSA,  short for Community Sourced Agriculture, which offers home delivery of the food they grow themselves. They operates between the Tri-State area and New York City’s 5 boros.
In years of working with clients and assisting them in navigating their way through all the confusion around food and nutrition, UrbanFarmHand is a local asset that’s definitely worth looking into.

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