A friend sent this link to a wonderful video about flower growers in Cornwall, UK, and the train that used to take their hand cut beauties to market. Maker Jyll Bradley tells the story of people and place, and of time and tides of change, which expose what is always here — the ground of our being — even as surface conditions wash here and there.
My community — here on the pinky finger side of Michigan’s lower peninsula, from the Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan to Grand Traverse Bay — comes to mind, along with places across the country now re-discovering and re-investing in the food and farming commerce that connects us. Farmers and residents, restaurants, schools and more are finding each other again as they notice important things missing in our diets, our surroundings, our lives.
The Flower Train video is an eloquent look at those things — relationships, history, family, environment, community — from a view out the window of Cornwall’s changed and changing fresh cut flower world. It’s a view on the value of local people and economies that is universal across many products and markets.
The understanding that comes from taking in this view is driving all manner of local economy innovation, including foodshed families from Cincinnati to Springfield, MO (the big town in my other local foodshed). We are organizing ourselves to build vibrant, healthy places with lovingly raised food, flowers, and families.