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Featuring Ben Street

"How Small Farms Can Save the World" by Ben Street. His bio: I grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. and moved down to Charlotte in 2012 for work. I’ve always had a passion for exercise and fitness, but became interested in diet and nutrition once it became evident that exercise alone wasn’t enough to maintain optimal health. My research into nutrition led me into the realm of sustainable agriculture and the prevailing lack thereof in many of our conventional systems. One night, while laying in bed trying to figure out the direction I wanted my life to move in, I had the epiphany that I might try my hand at farming the right way. I began reducing my expenses and saving as much money as I could. I even went as far as deciding to live in a camper for two years in order to save money on rent! I started volunteering at Rowland’s Row Family Farm, and was introduced to the Lomax Incubator Farm, where Joe Rowland got his start. After volunteering for a year, attending the monthly meetings at the Lomax Farm, and a brief stint in Brooklyn, NY, I started Street Fare Farm early 2015, and spent the season farming in the off-hours of my day job as a freight forwarder. In early 2016, I left my full-time job and made the leap to farm full-time, and have yet to regret it. My goal is to provide the freshest, healthiest food for my family, friends and community, and to inspire others to develop a connection to this planet that sustains our life. Together, we can change the world!"

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