Friday, June 29, 2012

Open Farms

I recently spent an evening volunteering at Open Farms in Belle Plaine, MN. I was blown away by the farm's beauty and the organization's wonderful mission! Open Farms is an organic farm run by the nonprofit Open Arms of Minnesota ( The produce grown there is used to cook delicious and healthy meals for people with life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers cultivate the vegetables, prepare the meals, and deliver them to people in need. 

In the Real Food movement, we talk about food that "truly nourishes" consumers, producers, and communities. The meals that pass through Open Arms fulfill that ideal splendidly! This week I pruned tomatoes, and I'm excited to follow those tomatoes from the earth, to the kitchen, to the table as I continue volunteering.