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“Food” for thought

April 28, 2015

A couple of days ago, I picked up a copy of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. Only 24 pages in, I’m already hooked! Louv delivers insight into the development of a society inflicted with what he calls “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, and the books seems to be heading in the direction of first identifying the problem, and then suggesting how we can eliminate it.

Early on, he brings up an excellent point: thanks to our exponentially advancing technology, we are instantly connected to others all over the world, yet fewer and fewer folks are getting to know their next-door neighbors and fellow townspeople. Grade-school children know the Himalayas span across Asia, and the mighty Nile runs through Egypt, but too few have ever set foot on the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia or dipped a toe into the Chattahoochee River that practically runs right through Atlanta. We have been given the ability to “see” the world at the click of a mouse, yet in expanding our perspective across the continents, we overlook the grandeur of a creek in our backyard.

Louv highlights the irony of attaining such a global perspective — we have become connected with the whole world in a brand new way, which is exciting and important, and in doing so, we have diverted our focus away from our local environments and caring for our home. This is evident when we are at the grocery store, and most (if not all) of the food we bring home has come from another country! Our ability to eat, for example, avocados all year in Georgia is undeniably awesome. In general, growing avocados in Georgia is almost unheard of, considering our climate patterns and particular soil components. However, with proper resources (like volunteers and sufficient funding), we can install systems that would allow us Southeasterners to grow a diverse collection of fruits and veggies we currently identify as “exotic”.

This is one reason why supporting local farms is important. Do we want to rely on Mexico for avocados, Chile for grapes, China for sugar, etc., forever? Or, do we, as a community, seek to develop ways to thrive within our own environment, and continue to approach self-sufficiency with every dollar we spend? When we buy local produce, volunteer our time and energy, even simply spread the word about local production efforts, we are actively allocating resources toward the implementation of self-sufficiency within our community.


We at Wolfscratch are interested in building an educated, empowered, and impassioned community. To learn more about our vision and find out how you can become involved, or even just to send us your thoughts and potentially open a dialogue with our passionate team, please feel free to e-mail us at

Enjoy the rest of your week! We sure will!

One Comment leave one →
  1. E Beth Coberly permalink
    April 28, 2015 1:55 pm

    Sad but true – thank you for being here to help educate (re-educate) the youngsters and adults….

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