On today’s episode we hear from Aaron Snippe, the farm manager for the Blandford Nature Center. Aaron explains some of the projects he manages including the Youth Farm Team, the Community Garden and the CSA Program. Aaron also sat on the panel discussion for Dirt! The Movie, part of the WMEAC Film Series.
The projects Aaron is involved with connects people to the food they eat everyday. Too often we ingest food that has a mysterious background and doused with mysterious chemicals. The Community Supported Agriculture Program and Blandford’s Community Garden are direct farm-to-table programs that encourage local and sustainable farming and eating practices, and they provide the chance for consumers to get to know their farmer.
Members of the CSA Program financially support Blandford and it’s farmers, and in return they receive produce from the farm. The Community Garden allows people to be their own farmer. Members can buy a plot of land and use it to grown whatever produce they want.
The Youth Farm Team teaches kids about food outside of the classroom. Students age 12-16 get the unique chance to learn about produce, farming and selling produce at the farmers market. “We’ve had kids come to the farm before and they don’t even know what a broccoli plant looks like,” says Snippe. YFT provides hands-on experience for kids to learn the process that food goes through in order to end up on the dinner table every night.
To learn more, listen to this episode of A Watershed Moment online.
“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.