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Green Goodness

NATURALLY CURIOUS

Hey there! I'm Katherine, wife, mom, localvore, health enthusiast and wannabe farmer--basically I wear a lot of different hats! My passion for local food and farms started to blossom when I was young and has grown into a part of my everyday life. Focusing on a natural lifestyle through healing locally-grown foods, eliminating toxins and preserving God's beautiful earth has not only given me a drive and sense of purpose, but also has been incredibly healing––body, mind and soul. 

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, I have spent the last 6 years working on my family's organic blueberry farm here in SC! This is really where my passion for farming and farmers has truly blossomed! My time on the farm really gave me a newfound respect for the farmers that grow our food and a greater understanding of the food how the system really works. Believe it or not, there are a lot of misconceptions around the entire food system, and I'd love to explore them all with you! 

 I absolutely love sharing about the local food movement and want to help people gain the knowledge and access they need to source their own locally-grown, natural foods. From how to find local farms to what to do with those pesky turnips that you got in your CSA box, I want to share my know-how in order to empower people to become a localvore! 

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WHY LOCAL MATTERS

So, after that introduction you may be wondering, "why does eating local matter?" and while I could write a whole thesis on the importance of local food, it really can be summed up in 3 words: Health, Environment and Economy

HEALTH

When you are choosing to consume a higher than normal amount of locally grown foods it typically means that you are consuming more whole foods in your diet and less processed foods. A diet rich in whole foods is generally considered the healthier option for everyone!  Not to mention, when you source food from farmers that are passionate about naturally grown produce and meat, you are eliminating the number of toxins that you consume from large-scale farms that use a lot of chemicals in their production. 

ENVIRONMENT

It's no secret that the food you buy from the farmer right down the road has much less of a carbon footprint than the food you buy at the store shipped from 3000 miles away. There are also so many other considerations to think about when it comes to the environmental impact of food in addition to  how far that food has travelled. Smaller scale agriculture, like many local farms, generally is less of a burden to the environment because they use less resources to produce for a smaller demand. One of the other great things is that you can talk with the person that grows your food and see what kind of chemicals they use, how they ship and market their product and what regenerative/sustainable practices do the implement on their farm. This is definitely a loaded topic that we could spend a lot of time on, and we will in the blog! 

ECONOMY

Supporting the local farm or business in your area is a great way to vote with your dollar and make sure that your hard earned money is going towards your local economy! It really is a trickle effect when you buy from Joe down the street instead of big business hundreds of miles away. Not only does it put money in Joe Farmers pocket that he is then able to spend, but it allows people to hire more local people to keep up with the demand. While I'm not an economist, I have seen the benefits of voting with my dollar asupporting local businesses

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