Why Local Farming?
We feel local organic agriculture is an integral part of the future food supply of the Northeastern United States. Healthy local farms mean local healthy economies and a safe source of food. Local and regional based agriculture and food systems are gaining strength because as fuel and energy costs go up, the cost of food from outside the northeast is rising. In the near future, even the most efficient industrialized food companies will have trouble competing in the northeast market if a regional food infrastructure is developed. Locally Known is actively working to become a large part of the organic produce supply in the Northeast. We feel that giving people the opportunity to eat locally and regionally is essential.
If you are concerned about the environment and your health regionally grown organic food is the way to go. Not only are countless harmful pesticides and herbicides kept out of the environment, but less fuel is used in the growing and transportation process. Locally Known is implementing a plan to be carbon neutral by 2012. The company will do this by converting to solar energy with a biodiesel powered generator backup. All transport vehicles will be run on biodiesel and the company is sponsoring a tree planting program in Haiti, one of the most deforested countries in the world.
Locally Known also has a carbon control plan that its suppliers must develop within the first three months of their growing contract. At Locally Known it is important to us that our food is healthy and that our contribution to the world helps lay the framework for an economically and environmentally viable future.