On Sunday we spent time at the Logan Square farmers market, talking to local farmers and market goers about the GROW Campaign and the GROW METHOD. First off, I would like to tell you all that if you have not been to the Logan Square market, you are missing out. Even during the rain there was a steady stream of people eager to buy their fresh local produce, hang out with friends, and sign on to Oxfam's pledge to build a better food system.
My favorite moment of the day was when a local farmer from Sandwich, IL (50 miles southwest of Chicago) came up to us to learn about what we do. We proceeded to tell him about Grow and the Grow Method, but I could tell that his attention was not on us. He was reading the TABLE FOR NINE BILLION (one of our handouts that summarizes the Grow Campaign). He looked up at us with an expression on his face that I couldn't quite place, and said, "This is it, this is right on, if we can do this, we will be on our way!"
And that is when I realized what the look on his face was. It was a look of Hope, a look of Relief, a look of Somebody is on my side. We continued to talk about food, crop diversity, and commodity prices. He never did come out and say thank you to Oxfam for the wonderful work they do, just as I never thanked him for doing what I believe to be one of the most important jobs. But in that conversation we both understood, and were given reassurance that we are all in this together, and if we can just GROW,
"we will be on our way".