The Real Estate and Food Connection

Real Estate Agent with Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky

"We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else.  But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else.  The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition.  One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."  Wendell Berry, "Bringing it to the Table, On Farming and Food" , page 229

What does this quote have to do with real estate? 

I am going to write about that question.  My goal is to help my readers understand that what we eat, how we eat and our habits of eating can not be separated from how we manage, use and care for real property.  Real property and what we eat should be enter woven.   Viewing them as separate and isolated brings us to the dangerous precipice we cling to today as a nation.The family farm in North idaho

My dawdling days on the oganic farm in North Idaho overflowed with daydreams and musings about how to get the work done as quickly as possibly in order to get released to go fishing.  I saw my work and play as distinct and separate.  My wise parents realized however they were intricately dependent.  They knew that hoeing in the garden to me was a chore and fishing a delightful recreation.  But they also knew that both those valley streams and that garden were sources of harvest.   They knew the garden was dependent upon the water and the stream dependent upon the healthy soil.  The knew that if I learned to work and fish I would internally come to understand the value of work and that work could become as important to me as play.

Growing up learning the connection between hard work and play is just an organic process on a family farm.  Without the harvest our family would have been displaced to the city or we would have maybe sought out a "better life" in Alaska.  May parents began the trek to Alaska in 1945 but ran out of money.

The family Apple Tree

The value of property is obvious to a family living on a farm.  They know where their food comes from.  They pull the weeds to allow the veggies to grow.   They raise the animals and hunt for the purpose of sustaining life.  When they care for the land the land nourishes the family and it is done in the context of community.  Neighbors, friends and church members help out when possible and they all share in the bounty of the harvest.  

It is my opinion that few people living in urban environments really even think about where there food comes from, how the land is cared for or abused,  how much energy is wasted on the transport of their food, the wrapping of their food and the storing of their food. 

I can hear the masses protesting even as I write. "Well of course not and you are living in La La land if you think everyone should be transported back to the farm.  What are you a communist? 

I may be living in La La Land but please visit me here as I  flesh out these thoughts the next few days.  My purpose is not to move everyone to the farm.  My purpose is to bring my neighbors, the homeowners of Lexington and those hoping to buy a home to a new place, a new way of thinking about where they live and the value of community.

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Jeff Campbell

Paul, that old Crab Apple tree brings back memories, some good some sad. do you remember jumping out of it and blowing out your knee? He was teaching his younger brother how to be a paratrooper.



Jan 21, 2010 10:03 AM #1
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
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I will never forget that jumping experience.  Climbing the stairs, taking a long walk and certain cold wet mornings cause that knee to sometimes scream and other times just shout.  God Bless, Paul

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