In this podcast episode, Chuck interviews Corie Brown, Zester Media co-founder and a writer on the food system, about the depopulation of rural Kansas, as mechanized agriculture reduces the need for farm labor, and the social toll that it is taking in isolated, shrinking towns.
We have chosen a rural life—who pays for our infrastructure? The short answer is: we don't have much of it, but we take care of our own needs. Strong towns require strong citizens: people who learn to take control of their lives and do for themselves things that are doable.
What's the role of local food in building strong towns?
You can't have a strong economy if your town is entirely dependent on other regions for your citizens' most basic needs.
A healthy local food system is an excellent indicator that your town is a Strong Town—and that your economy is on the right track to becoming antifragile and self sufficient to meet its other needs, too. That's why the Strong Towns Strength Test asks, "If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you?". If your city can't answer "yes" to that question, you should read on.
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How did beer turn the consolidation ship around and what can we learn from craft brewing's success?
A new collaboration in Laramie, WY uses blank downtown walls as a canvas for growing food, creating conversation and activating overlooked spaces.
Food isn't just nutritious and tasty; it can also be the backbone of a healthy economy and a strong town.
Six small-scale farmers discuss the challenges and successes of their modern-day farm efforts.
If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you? This might be the toughest challenge on the Strong Towns Strength Test, but we're tackling it today.
What if our towns saw urban farming as an opportunity for economic growth and employment?
This place is a work horse. It grows small businesses from scratch without recourse to bank loans or government subsidies. It provides products and experiences that are genuinely needed in the community. And it costs almost nothing to create.
Jacqueline Hannah—assistant director at the Food Co-op Initiative—shares how you can start a neighborhood grocery co-op in your town, including how to pitch the vision to community members and elected officials, how to translate your enthusiasm into action, and how the Food Co-op initiative can help through every step of the process.
Your Strong Towns Knowledge Base question of the week, answered here.
(Top image source: Ambrosia Farm Produce Stand)