November 27, 2012

Notes for Community Food Movement

Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Food and Farms, Freedom, Peak Oil, Relocalization — Tags: — Russ @ 12:19 pm


In recent months persecuted raw milk farmers Vernon Hershberger and Alvin Schlangen have enjoyed courtroom victories which are in part the result of massive community support. That customers and friends are willing to give real support and engage in defiance of the system is key to a farmer’s being able to engage in civil disobedience and put up a fight in the first place.
But we can’t rely on the ad hoc flowering of such community cohesion. If such groups are going to spread and become exemplary of a broad Food Freedom movement, then such willingness to resist top-down attacks has to be placed within an affirmative Community Food context.
This movement must do all it can to spread the ideas:
To farmers – The switch away from commodity agriculture and toward local food is physically necessary (Peak Oil, soil exhaustion, general environmental exhaustion), and they’ll be economically and politically better off that way, and as part of such a movement.
To customers – Buying local food, learning cooking and food preservation, becoming food growers themselves, is necessary for our health, the key to rebuilding our local economies and redeeming our local self-rule, and necessary in light of the looming collapse of industrial ag.
To the public in general – Community Food is the core of rebuilding our local economies and regaining control of our politics and thereby our self-determination.
This affirmative basis will then be the strongest foundation for the civil disobedience of farmers and customers, and for communities to come together to support beleaguered farmers, in whatever way the system assaults them, from direct food police attacks to bank foreclosures to economic policies that harm local agriculture in general.


  1. Russ I am continually looking for ways to bring back mfg and the self esteem that left when it did to the citizens of our community. I will be meeting with the city manager of our community next week to set up a model that will work for any community. Basics are make what you can for your community needs and trade the excess to the neighbors. The workers will be partial owners in the business if they chose to be or than can take the higher pay… we are collaborating with education to bring back the idea of working and learning interdependently.This was abandon by academia and they realize the residual is we can not all be doctors or lawyers but a blend of citizens who do other things that do not just require learned things via reading..

    Dave Outlaw

    Comment by W David Outlaw — November 27, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    • Good luck with your meeting, and let us know how it goes.

      Comment by Russ — November 28, 2012 @ 3:30 am

      • thanks …one of the business ideas is that of creating our own packaging.with polymers we will focus on true green and use solar power to generate a large portion of our energy. I ran across an idea of self sustainable community model we tried to establish in Fla but was killed in our state legislature supposedly because the folks that owned the land stood to make a huge profit….here is the concept…. http://www.destinyflorida.com any thoughts?

        Comment by Dave Outlaw — November 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      • It looks utopian, given its pretensions to green cornucopianism, “sustainable development”, Better Corporatism, etc. (And sure enough, you say even so modest a reform was too much for TPTB.) Of course the business-as-usual map they show is laugh-out-loud insane. It’s really something how media flacks and publicists are utterly ignorant of resource issues. They really think water comes from a tap, food from a supermarket, gasoline from a pump, etc.

        Comment by Russ — November 30, 2012 @ 11:02 am

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