I avoid reading the news.
Every time I look, it seems to be bad. Hitler is apparently coming back any minute now, political violence is rising both at home and abroad, inflation continues to rip into the dollar's worth, and houses and communities and nations seem more divided by the month over serious issues. Rich and influential nations like Turkey, France, Venezuela, and Germany are having the bloom fall from their flowers before our very eyes, and the global trading system seems always to teeter on a knife's edge over one issue or another.
I grew up hearing stories about what it is like to live through a particular disaster: the Great Depression. It was far from the worst that has happened on Earth—only a drop of about 30% GDP for our great nation and 15% for the world, but major farming losses made the hit especially difficult on Midwesterners—as older relatives and community members should be able to relate. People survived because they bartered skills and goods with their neighbors and knew where their food came from. Their communities and relationships weathered that storm well enough to survive and let us enjoy this land now that it is our time.
That's a security the CSA brings us all: We know where our food comes from, we get to know Paula and each other, and we get the weekly reminder that our food comes from a real place. It brings a respect to be connected, both for the food and for the community that relies on it.
Ultimately, local efforts and actions are based on community support and involvement. We aren't just buying food, we aren't just eating healthy: We're keeping alive a local industry that might keep us alive in case the worst fears ever come to pass. We're protecting our families and remembering that we are reliant on the basics, that electricity is new, that politicians of all stripes are far away with their promises, and that the important things should be kept near.
All too often I myself get tied up in things that really are superfluous. It is such a relaxation each week to know I have some of the most important basics covered. The truth may be that disaster is far away or that the fears will never come to pass, but this consistent provision is nice for people like me who worry.
In the easy times, we work hard not just to get ahead but also to ward away disaster. A squash or a collection of onions, a cantaloupe or a little ground beef does a lot for us even though it may be everyday, mundane, and ordinary.
Three cheers for Morning Harvest Farms and all the work they put in to keep this awesome opportunity rolling along, week after week!