When was the last time you felt the gnawing pangs of hunger and didn’t know when your next meal would come? For most of us, this has never happened, especially during the holidays. At this time of year that is supposed to be a celebration of plenty, many coffee farmers call it The Thin Months. Even farmers who benefit from fair trade suffer through a period of food insecurity.
Here in Vermont we are committed to our local food systems. We know where our food comes from and we know our farmers. Coffee is an important component of our daily routine, but millions of coffee farmers struggle to put food on the table for their families. We all know the quote, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
This is exactly what Food 4 Farmers is doing–designing lifetime strategies. Food 4 Farmers is a Vermont-based nonprofit working to build long-term food security for coffee-growing families throughout Latin America. During our season of plenty, we cannot sit idly by while the coffee farmers we depend on suffer through the thin months.
Shelburne artist Casey Blanchard is holding a holiday exhibit and sale to benefit Food 4 Farmers, Nov. 9-11 at 266 Studios in Burlington. The hours will be Friday, 4-7:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, and Sunday by appointment. A generous 20 percent of all art sales will be donated to Food 4 Farmers. Make purchases at the Holiday Art Sale or online at www.caseyblanchard.com. To learn more about Food4Farmers, go to their website, www.food4farmers.org and check out “After the Harvest” a film about the fight against hunger in the “Coffeelands.”
Additionally, “Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters,” a book by Rick Peyser and Bill Mares, will be available for sale. One hundred percent of the authors’ earnings and 10 percent of Wind Ridge Publishing’s profits will benefit Food 4 Farmers.