Yes, physical activity is important. Yes, soccer fields are worth having.
However, this is 2012, when the global food system is under so much stress that trading Nick’s Organic Farm for a private soccer organization is akin to turning over the majority of the world’s seed supply to a handful of private chemical companies.
Come to think of it, that is exactly what we have done. The biggest seed producers are chemical companies such as Monsanto, Du Pont, Syngenta and Bayer. That makes Nick’s Organic Farm in Potomac all the more crucial. We need these pockets of stubbornly organic, non-GMO seed growers. With seed company consolidation, soil degradation, fuel costs, water woes, loss of young farmers and climate change poised like sledge hammers over the crops we rely on, places like Nick’s are the insurance policies we would be fools to do without.
So I am trying to wrap my mind around the curious decision to end a 32-year lease. I’ve put soccer balls and organic agriculture on two sides of a balance, and the weight keeps coming down on the side of the seeds.
The community is not happy. When the Board of Education announced the end of that long lease, hundreds of people turned out to public meetings to speak against the plan. Over 50,000 people signed petitions, including this one on Care2, which gathered 26,293 signatures.
Next: Brickyard Educational Farm
Photographs courtesy of Brickyard Educational Farm; Photo 1 by Tory Cowles; Photo 2 by Anna Johnson; Photos 3, 4 & 5 by Mollie Chang
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