What if everything you put into your body contained all the loving energy of healthy soil, nurtured crops, and compassionate knowledgable farmers…without toxins and pesticides?
You are what you eat, and you deserve ethical foods made with love and positive energy.
For three years before moving into our van full time, we had the pleasure of discovering what it truly takes maintain an organic farm at Good Heart Farmstead, owned and farmed by Kate Spring and Edge Feuntes.
Good Heart showed us first hand how regenerative, healthy, no till soil, pollinator zones, and biodiversity are important organic farming practices.
Learn more about organic living from soil to soul at the farm’s website and through Kate’s blog:
The Good Heart Farmstead follows the community supported agriculture business model.
What is CSA?
Community supported agriculture is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer, thereby connecting individuals to their growers and to the land, and strengthening ties to their local community. This model also produces fewer negative environmental impacts, and allows for agricultural transparency.
Ever since we traded farm work for room and board in the farmers’ Yurt and a weekly CSA share, we’ve been encouraged to nurture nature based learning and creativity. Community has fueled our souls as much as the quality and abundance of freshly harvested foods on the farm.
CSA’s that Lydia has worked for:
- Hållbar Hälsa, Svenshögen, Sweden
- Ramsjö gårdsprodukter, Björklinge, Sweden
- Local Roots, New York, New York
- The Good Heart Farmstead, Worcester, Vermont
Check out WWOOF, World Wide Organization for Organic Farmers, to gain experience and education, AND look for the CSA farms in your area for the best food, connection, and experience.
We embrace a vegan (plant-based) diet not only because its simply delicious, but also it makes us feel better and is actually better for the planet, too! Here are some facts and resources that support our choices:
- 9 billion animals are slaughtered in the USA annually for food, producing over 200 pounds of meet per person in the USA every year
- The Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles, or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. What seems more realistic- convincing 7 million people to sell their cars and never drive again, or getting people to eat veg one day per week
- 75% of all agricultural land around the world is used for livestock production, not for feeding people. If we cut meat consumption in half and used all that farmland for fruits and veggies, we could feed every single person on earth today, plus and extra 2 billion people
- 65% of Amazon deforestation is to make grazing land for beef cattle or land to grow corn and soy for animals on factory farms. Meat production is the leading cause of deforestation and habitat destruction
- USDA Wildlife Services killed 2.7 million animals in 2016, mostly for the benefit of ranchers (including endangered species like grey wolves and bears).
- Meat production accounts for 1/3 of all pesticide use
- Neonicotinoid pesticide has been linked to colony collapse disorder in bees
- Over 10,000 workers are hospitalized for acute pesticide poisoning every year
- Per year, switching to a vegan diet for each individual person: saves 219,000 gallons of water, prevents the release of 1,533 LBS of CO2, spares the suffering of 35 animals
- Research has shown that people on plant-based diets have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure
*This information is complied from the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, visit FFACoalition.org for more information