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Cait Bold INTS 390- Reflection Paper 2 Novermber 30, 2011 My initial experience with Farmer Foodshare was a little worrisome, but I’m extremely glad that I did not write the organization off simply because it is somewhat disorganized. The organization has its flaws, which I will delve into later, but at its core it represents a truly unique effort to attempt to relieve food insecurity for those who have been marginalized by their socioeconomic status. The most important thing that I have taken away from my service hours is the passion with which members of Farmer Foodshare tackle the issue of hunger in the community and the compassion and responsiveness of the farmers who donate to the cause. It continuously amazes me each week how willing the farmers are to pick extra specifically to give to Farmer Foodshare or how happy they are to give what they can’t sell at the market that particular day. The generosity of the farmers is most appreciated when considering the fact that many of the farmers themselves might qualify as being extremely low-income individuals. The sense of community present at the farmers’ market is also one of the reasons that I enjoy volunteering there so much. The farmers all know each other very well and make it a point to see how each other are doing each week, and they also get to know the customers very well. This interpersonal connectedness is one of the many things that separates the farmers’ market from a traditional, non-community or locally based supermarket. Another thing that separates the farmers’ market from an average grocery store is the quality of the produce being sold. The farmers pride themselves on growing organically with no pesticides, genetically modified seeds, or environmentally harmful fertilizers. The amazing color and size of the vegetables sold at the farmers’ market is proof that high quality and quantity food can be produced in a non-industrial way.
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Cait Bold INTS 390- Reflection Paper 2 Novermber 30, 2011 The price of the produce reflects this dedication to naturally grown food, however, and it takes a special type of consumer to be willing to pay the high prices for the food available at the farmers’ market. While I personally agree that it is healthier and
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