Starting in September I will embark on a 120-day project starting in to explore the nation’s food system by volunteering to work on subsistence organic farms. 

The practical implications for pulling project of this scope together are numerous, but the largest consideration is how to travel around the country comfortably and in budget. I will travel to locations by car in order to maintain the important ideals of the story: healthy and modern conservation, reconnecting with the environment in both a personal and professional way, cultivate deliberate and thoughtful plans, and combining practicality and comfort. After a lot of research and market testing, I discovered a the teardrop trailer. It is a light weight trailer, with a kitchen galley. This blog will cover the process of covering 10,000 miles while living out of this trailer.

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What am I thinking?

As a part time beekeeper I frequently bump into questions about our food system, both from my own desire to keep my bees healthy and from others wanting to learn more about this particular brand of agriculture.  This activity also leads me to question what sustainability actually means. My research and classroom work on food system reforms yielded so many thoughts and opinions, that I could make neither heads nor tails of them—and I’m not convinced the experts have come up with advice that ordinary people can use when they buy and consume food. For me, the best way to understand our country’s food system is to actually learn how our food is produced and what happens to it on its way to consumption.  What can we do as individuals to encourage our own health, and how do we support food producers who contribute to a healthy environment?

Much of what is written about our food system is done in at a desk, quite removed from the actual growing of food.  I intend to do something different—I will start where the food is grown and understand how it moves from the growers to the table.

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