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What's a foodshed?

You’ve probably heard of a watershed—a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. A foodshed is the same idea—all of the interconnected ways that come together to bring what’s grown on a farm to your kitchen.

At Harvest Santa Barbara, we participate in and believe in the integrity of our Central Coast foodshed. By buying from local farmers, we support our neighbors and provide them with a stable income source and the satisfaction of having the community enjoy what they grow. Food travels shorter distances to your kitchen, requires less energy to refrigerate and transport, and arrives to you fresh from the field. Plus, we think knowing more about the farms where your food comes from makes it both more delicious and more meaningful.

Foodsheds and watersheds are connected in another way, too. What’s part of our farms flows into the soil and becomes part of our streams, rivers, and oceans. That’s why we partner with farmers who grow the Central Coast’s finest produce using the most sustainable methods they can—protecting our land and water in the process.

“A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one's accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes. The pleasure of eating, then, may be the best available standard of our health. And this pleasure, I think, is pretty fully available to the urban consumer who will make the necessary effort.”

“Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.”

- Wendell Berry

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