With over 8 billion people on the planet, there’s a lot of talk about the impact that the global population has on our environment - not least of all the subject of food. How on earth do you feed that many people without using up resources that will almost certainly run out?
You can watch frightening documentaries about the problems in our food chains until you’re blue in the face but none have yet offered us a solution to the problem. If we stop eating fish or meat for environmental reasons, then what do we eat instead without draining our natural resources? Could we rewild our countryside and have ruminants grazing freely? We're yet to see any convincing evidence that this could produce anything like enough food to meet our demands. Perhaps we can work out how to grow nutritious food in a lab? Surely that process will have both an input and output. Unless the input is an endless resource or both the input and output are the same, there will always be a cost.
When the task at hand is feeding 8 billion people, the cost will be huge and it’s our environment that pays the ultimate price.
And so, I’m afraid, we come to this subject with more questions than answers. However, our belief is that we can have the greatest positive impact on the health of our global environment if we focus on our immediate surroundings. For us, that means right here in Bude.
With a population of over 9,000 people we certainly can’t feed all of Bude from our modest one acre farm, but we can do something.
This is our aim:
- To supply beautiful produce grown from seed right here in Bude to as many local households as possible from a farm that sustains itself and enriches its environment.
- To inspire and educate others, whether that's teaching to grow a few herbs in a window box, sharing our knowledge with keen home growers, or helping others to start a market garden of their own.
- To be a valued part of our local community, bringing people together around the subject of food. A place to share the enjoyment of growing, eating and being part of a healthy environment in Bude.
If for no other reason, food is simply brighter, more nutritious and definitely tastier when produced in a way that benefits the land on which it is grown. That alone is something we can believe in.
We hope that you too can share in our journey towards an even better Bude and we will look forward to evolving these thoughts as the discussion continues.
Rosie & Tom x