Come to the Table Dinner: Heal Wrap Up
Last night's dinner at NoMi Kitchen was insightful! When we think about healing, do we think about our bodies? Our families? Our land? Our food? Our community? How about all of those things and more?
That's what Come to the Table Dinner: Heal was about. On a micro level, microbiologist Dr, Jack Gilbert of University Chicago touched on how individuals need to "feed our guts" with good vegetables to ensure healthy bacteria growth. Dr. Sonia Oyola of Family Medicine M3 & M4 Clerkships expressed that care for the individual should be holistic. Traditionally, many doctors treat symptoms with prescription medications, but holistic treatments should be a priority. Dr. Oyola often gives prescriptions for healthy foods, diets and exercise to help combat illnesses in her patients. Both Tom Spaulding of Angelic Organics Association and Harry Rhodes of Growing Home talked of healing our Earth and community. Both of their groups focus on sustainable agriculture, where their farming practices ensure the utmost care of their land. In addition, they employ and empower people from their communities. Their farms are located in communities that lack resources, such as job training. Both of these organizations teach community members how to give back to their communities through growing and selling food, which includes agricultural and business career tools.
One of the best audience questions we had last night was, "what can I do at the individual level to heal our food system?" All the panelists agreed that shopping at farmers markets and purchasing a CSA are concrete ways you can make an immediate impact on our food system. For CSAs, we recommend: Mint Creek Farm, Nichol's Farm & Orchard, Wholesome Harvest, Tomato Mountain Farm, Green Acres Farm, Gorwing Home and Iron Creek Farm.
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