Farmer Jim has been working on and managing organic farms for 15 years and would not give it up for the world. He feels that organic agriculture can make a powerful difference in our environment, our health and the stability of a community. His newest venture is a farm he purchased in Dighton Massachusetts, he named Buckle Farm. Over the coming years he will do his best to donate all he can from the fields and promote the mission and hard work of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. He believes that fresh organic food should be a right and not a privilege and is working hard to make that change for the future so we can all have access to it.
Q: Congratulations on Buckle Farm – what an amazing place! How long have you been farming?
A: Fifteen years.
Q: What made you reach out to Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
A: Ashley’s commitment to food rescue and the structure of the organization, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, is very organized and communicates extremely well. The transparency of the destination of the food makes me feel like my donations are ending up at the people who need it most.
Q: What resonated with you about Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ mission? Why did you want to donate food to Lovin’ Spoonfuls?
A: The most attractive reason to work with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, is the end location of the food and the structure of the organization. Knowing that the donations of money and food go directly to food rescue is very appealing.
Q: What’s in the works at the farm? Do you have any new plans or new hybrids coming out soon?
A: We are taking our first few years to make the ground and the farm the best it can be- improving soil, getting certified organic and organizing ourselves to make our crops the best they can be and get yields to a point that we can donate more food to Lovin’ Spoonfuls.
Q: What’s your best seller during the summer?
A: Tomatoes by far!
Q: What obstacles/hardships do you encounter as a small farmer in a country with a historically monopolized system of food production?
A: Building capital and distribution of our foods, we often struggle with not enough help to make it all happen. Often the market is ready for our produce but we hesitate to commit because I don’t have the time or people power to make it happen. If we had more available capital in year one, we could be further along than we are currently are. It just takes longer to get where you want to be.
Jim has been a food donor for Lovin’ Spoonfuls. To learn more about our donors, click here.