It’s 2018…Why Not?
This is probably a little more open than I usually am in person but since we are just getting to know each other, I thought that I’d get the awkwardness out of the way and kick things off with a confession: I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this whole blogging thing. Shhh don’t tell anyone.
You see, last year the good people at Indy Food Council gave me this opportunity to indulge my food anthropologist fantasies by allowing me to contribute to their blog. At the time of my initial pitch, I was fresh off of my stint as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and had received a crash course in Food Insecurity, Food Access, and more. Why not write about it? You know how at the time an idea sounds really awesome …until you have to execute it. But here are the reasons that I’ve decided to push through my fears and give it a shot:
- Indy’s food story is still evolving in fascinating ways – When I first became interested in Indy’s food movement, I mostly encountered groups and individuals who were mostly into the ‘eat local’ vibe and ‘knowing where your food comes from’. These groups represent just 1 chapter from whole ‘story’. My hope is that this blog will explore other chapters such as the food activists, the urban farmers, the free pantry creators, and more.
- Indy is filled with Food Geniuses: with compassionate hearts: As you learn more about the projects and businesses that people are creating to help people get access to better food, it is absolutely mind-blowing. The ideas that people have come up with are so inspiring. To top that off, they are actually doing it…to HELP OTHER PEOPLE. THIS SHOULD BE CELEBRATED! And that is another thing this blog will do
- Community Solutions – The only way that Indy is going to combat the deep caverns of food deserts that exist in the city (and state) is to come together as a community. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like the myriad of projects are happening in silos. We hear about the start of things but not always about the final outcomes, the successes experienced or the obstacles overcome. But… these are things that will make us better as a food community. Knowing what works for one community or what was a complete disaster for another food project will only create better solutions that will benefit everyone. This blog will examine these areas so that we can all learn and grow together.
So, if I haven’t scared you off, please come back and join the food conversation. For now, we’ll post monthly but the goal is to increase that. Also, we are looking for more contributors. If you have a unique or an interesting perspective on Indy’s Food Story, join me. Let’s write together. Seriously. Share YOUR food story with us. (email@example.com)
In the short time, it took for you to read this, I’ve gone from terrified to optimistic….well maybe cautiously optimistic.
Until next time!