I came upon this poem the other day by Anna Barker written in 1994, which I would like to share. It is described as a synthesis of words chosen from a Eating close To Home conference, framed by two haiku.
Beauty and the Feast: An Ode to Community Supported Agriculture
In December air
Indoors growing together
Snow mist frosts the fields
We are cooking.
Recipes for diversity
must include hair-brained schemes and land purchases,
awareness of trends, open houses with home made salsa, sizzle,
regional/seasonal ingredients, and Trust.
New pioneers where ever there is common ground who receive grants and give advice
along with their healthy food, know about efficiency, keep their knives sharp,
and enjoy the flavor of batter in their stories.
Trust, grown from self-delivered knowledge
and experience-based education result in believing
and form the basis for growing the caring/carrying capacity.
See us: we are not a fad or social echo; we are
We are a community of sustainers, co-creators of a
Way of Life,
setting loose a system of nutrition, based on the soil,
nurtured by the craft of farming, by the elders grounded in integrity,
giving witness through the words meeting actions.
Join us as we regain the heritage which lies deep in the Earth,
our Mother much-covered but alive beneath the layers of concrete,
asphalt, and square buildings.
Chew works, spit out ideas, let the organic process spread,
dynamically influencing source-labels that increase trust.
Through facts and knowledge gained from experience
grow as individuals, as unique as your footprints
on soil after rain.
Participating in peeling back the "price per pound"
share in linking lives with the Land in ways that
community along with food security.
Eat close to home, and invite many guests to share
In the cool spring air
Outdoors growing together
December warms fields
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