Okay, maybe you might not love food as much as I do, but before the day ends you will have to interact with food in some sort of way. But have you ever taken time to ask your favorite mama mboga where they get their food supply from? Or even asking your favorite fast food restaurant where they get their food supply from? Or does your children or small sibling know where their food comes from? Let me guess, you have probably not asked yet. And I have; I have asked the same question in one of the fast food restaurant, the waitress couldn’t answer me, I asked my mama mboga and she told be from her supplier and when I asked my younger cousin, at least he answered this time round, he said the supermarket! Well, he might be right, but really?
I actually do like my younger self now having grown up, but then it was an absolute punishment. Imagine coming home after school and the first thing your grandmother hands you is a jembe to go and cultivate your piece of shamba. This is the same time I would hear my friends somewhere across the road screaming with happiness as they were playing the paper bag football (which was really fun) while I was held up taking care of my shamba. And the annoying thing was, while I was away, that’s when it seemed more interesting! Yep, it was a horrible experience back then, but then this gave me an amazing experience which makes me appreciate people who do farming the right way. While I agree that this might NOT be possible now, visiting the farm now and then would really help to make people especially the young ones understand how food is grown and where it comes from!
“have you ever taken time to ask your favorite mama mboga where they get their food supply from? Or even asking your favorite fast food restaurant where they get their food supply from?” ~The Organic Guy
Remember the challenge I gave you earlier of just taking your time and asking your favorite fast food restaurant where the food you eat comes from? Well, I suddenly meant it! Go and ask, when you will be given the answers, please come back and share your answers with us. For me, the experience is absolutely horrifying, in fact if the waiter would be absolutely honest with you, (if at all he/she knows the processes) then I bet you would probably NOT want to be back there again. You would probably explain to them that it’s Not in a bad way that you wouldn’t be back there again, but because you respect and love yourself more.
The moment you will be told the deplorable conditions that your favorite meat animals are kept in (which nowadays is either beef or chicken), the amount of antibiotics that they get injected, we haven’t talked about the disturbing ways how veggies and fruits are grown, The amount of pesticides and herbicides that are applied not to mention most of them they don’t even observe the preharvest interval? Have we mentioned the bad working conditions that the farm workers are subjected to? While the waiter may not give you all this answers, I urge you to go and do your own research. Personally, this is disturbing and the fact that I know energy is never destroyed but rather it’s transferred, the truth is, all that energy is transferred to you hence the feeling of tiredness and exhaustion after eating instead of fresh and energized (probably the extra salts, sugars and the trans fats do play a role), but you get the point anyway.
Well, while there is NO perfect system, organic farming does provide some clarity to a world full of confusion. An organic farmer is subject to some basic principles that has to adhere to subject to several checks to various certifying agents. This suddenly does help the farmers considering also is a system that farmers can easily adapt to since it only requires the farmers to use the locally available resources to do their farming, while ensuring they work close with nature as possible!
When last were you in an organic farm?
Here is another question, when was the last time you had a farm visit? Let alone an organic farm visit? A while back right? What of your siblings, children, loved ones,…. Some of them never, right? Basically they don’t know where their food comes from! But why? You might ask, why should they or I visit?; here is why, Getting yourself and especially children outdoors and letting them experience a real working farm will help to be reconnect to where food comes from, and will provide an enjoyable experience and lasting memories helping you appreciate every time you see a meal on your plate
Furthermore, wouldn’t be a good experience to learn a little about farm life and sharing in agricultural heritage? I actually encourage you to tag along your young ones because by them visiting a farm they can understand that plants are grown and meat comes from animals. For the children brought up in city areas, it is actually difficult to develop a bond with nature. A visit to a farm is a great way to enlighten them regarding the source of their food. Once they are familiarized with the activities of the farm, they will understand the role that nature plays in their lives. In addition, it enables children to learn and appreciate their environment in an engaging, fun and exciting manner.
“For the children brought up in city areas, it is actually difficult to develop a bond with nature. A visit to a farm is a great way to enlighten them regarding the source of their food”. ~The Organic Guy
For an exciting farm visit full of adventure, join us this 21st July as we embark to Jatflora farm in gilgil to learn and experience bee keeping, livestock production, mushroom production, fruits and vegetable production and many more!
Charges include 2,000Ksh per person which covers transport, lunch and entry fees. for self drive, charges will be 1500Ksh. Early registration gets you a free basket of organic vegetables with registration ending on 19th july.
See you then!
Signed with love ❤️
Always #BeOrganic 💯