How do we build a sustainable food future, especially in light of supply chain weaknesses exposed by Covid?
For the last 30 years, former dairy farmer Gerald Miles and his family have pioneered an alternative way of producing food, one centred around organic, community-based agriculture that is good for the farmer, good for the customer, and good for the planet.
“There’s no food miles, no packaging, it’s local, and you’re supporting your local growing farmer,” Gerald told us. “It ticks all the boxes.”
Ten years ago, Gerald formed Wales’ first CSA* at Caerhys Farm and now supplies organic veg to over 60 local families.
“Industrial farming has been driven because the price per unit of milk or vegetables being produced doesn’t justify the time spent and the cost of growing it. How we live now is not sustainable.”
Gerald showed us how he collects his own seed during harvesting, a response to GM crops, which he campaigns against. “It takes more time [to collect, sort, and plant], but these ancient grains are more resilient to disease, and they’re healthier for us humans.”
“We can help to stop climate change … We need to bring respect back to farmers, and bring respect back to food.”
Gerald exemplifies our belief that transition to a sustainable future starts with ordinary people taking local action and driving change from the bottom up.
One Person. One Action.
* Community Support Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.
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