Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14371

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Comment Number: AGW-14371

From: Cathy Lear
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:04 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: local farms and local food

My family eats as much local, organically grown food as possible. We feel that it is imperative that the farms in our area remain viable, since they supply most of our fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. Soon we hope that we will also be able to purchase most of our grain locally, as well. We have come to expect high quality from these producers. When shopping at a 'typical' grocery store, I am taken aback at the quality of the produce and the unnecessary additives in other products.
Why does this matter to us? We want to eat well. We want to live well. We want our community to thrive. We want to know what's in our food and water. We want to know the people who grow the food we eat. We want to be able to feed ourselves after a disruptive event such as an earthquake. We want our children and the children in our community to have a real chance at health and well-being as they take on the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
We most especially want to have choices about what we eat and who supplies our food. I want to buy my food from people I know who have farmed with reasonable agricultural practices, and who understand that dumping poison on the landscape or into animals is a very short-sighted method of producing food. In the near future I hope to see an increase in the number and viability of our local family-owned-and-operated farms.
Thank you
Cathy Lear
248 Fors Road
Port Angeles WA 98363
Updated April 7, 2016

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