Danielle Smaha

Director, Marketing and Communications

In the Fall 2019 Manomet Magazine, we talked about the people in the agriculture industry who are working towards a more sustainable food system.  If you read the entire article, you’re here to learn how to connect with a farmer.

Manomet’s Andy Whitman, Director of Sustainable Economies, endorses this strategy: “The farmers that I talk to want to connect with consumers to build trust and figure out what people care about—what they want to sustain.”

The article asks ‘what can we do as individuals who clearly participate in a vast and complicated food system?’  Changing our diets can definitely have impacts on the environment, but to make our world more sustainable, we must do more than that. To fully participate in a more sustainable food system, talk to a farmer and ask what they’re doing and how they’re thinking about sustainability.

Today, there are more ways than ever to connect with a farmer. Stop by your local farm. Visit one of the more than 8,600 markets currently registered in the USDA Farmers Market Directory. Or search for #farmersofinstagram or #cabotfarmer or visit Manomet’s website or Twitter page for our list of farmers to talk to on social media.

“Our energy, our food system, our landscape and our state’s climate change action plan must include farmers and cows. Farmers have been actively engaged in this conversation for many years,” says Amanda Freund, a Cabot farmer from Freund’s Farm and Cowpots in Connecticut. “And we hope you’ll include a seat at the table for us when there are local, state and national conversations about how we can collaborate and inspire real climate change solutions, together.”