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Start a Farm Co-Op for Regional Food Security

During the pandemic, my grocery store’s stock has dwindled, and some foods have become scarce. How can we increase our food security, whether we’re buying or selling healthy food?

If you have land, a big yard, or large planters, you can grow your own vegetables. But most people don’t have this option, and you can’t exactly raise beef cattle in downtown Dallas. The solution? Go out and find the farmers who are already raising vegetable crops and tending livestock, and then buy those foods directly from the farm!

Farmers and consumers can come together more easily than ever online and in person (just not too close for the time being). Consumers: Get online and find the farmers. Farmers: Reach out to your neighboring townspeople on social media. Cooperate and coordinate a farm-to-family co-op in your area, and cut out the unnecessary price fixing, food handling and packaging, and harmful toxicity associated with factory farms. Here’s how.

1 Two years ago, I started a co-op of farms in North Texas with a customer, Anna. We partnered with farmers I had met at markets around Dallas-Fort Worth to source grass-fed beef,

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