Connecting the dots between farms, food waste and hunger
“It benefited us with getting a minimal profit and benefited the recipient with getting a high quality product at a cheap price,” says Karen McKenzie of Twin Palms Ranch in Santa Rosa. “It also spread the word about our farm and who and what we are in the community.”
Papadopolous stresses it’s important for farmers to be recognized more in the community.
“Over 50 percent of small farms in this state lose money,” he says. “We've got to find a way to lift up farms and make them visible. And if there's excess, it should go to the public. I've never seen an industry or a business where there's so much loss and waste.”
Papadopolous says that projects like Cropmobster can help put a dent in the problem and mobilize the community around things that no one can disagree with.
“We really need more projects that tend to inspire people to work together,” he says. “No matter where this goes, it's important to shatter the mindset that it's acceptable for 40 percent of food to go to waste. What's inspiring us at the end of the day are the impacts,” he continues. “It is a really exciting time to look at the systems in our communities and see if there are ways to connect dots differently, and take it to the next level.”
This article originally appeared on Shareable.net.
Slideshow photo: Marin Organic Gleaning Bloomfield Farms, courtsey Gary Cedar