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photo Library of Congress
photo Library of Congress


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When fishers & farmers can no longer find a viable, consistent market for their goods, they will vanish. When they cannot hold up in the face of consumption habits that prioritize access to whatever food we desire, no matter the season, regardless of the quality, they will haul their boats and retire their plows. They are endangered now. Our community food security depends on them.

Humans are wise to consider doing all we can to prevent any terrestrial or marine species from going extinct. A whole range of lifeforms is impacted when one species disappears forever. We feel the same about preserving ways of life that nourish our community.

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photo courtesy of Ann Marie Cook
photo Historical Society of Old Yarmouth

Currently, an abundance of attention and resources are focussed on examining how to protect our global supply chain, which when disrupted results in food shortages, price spikes, and uncertainty. It is easy to forget, in a place like Cape Ann, our greatest security comes from our local environment and the people who understand where, how, and when to adaptively and sustainably reap from nourishment from it. The fate of our fishers, farmers, and local food security is something we each have a degree of control over. SaLT is working to build infrastructure, exchange, and training, creating conditions for a network that incorporates voices and skills from the past into this current moment as we navigate an uncertain future together. 

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