Something interesting is going on in West Carleton. A small not for profit organization called Deep Roots Food Hub has been quietly going about drawing up plans, looking for land and recruiting local farmers, market gardeners, health and business professionals.
For the past two years this collective has been studying health and food issues in West Carleton and looking for solutions to problems as diverse as food deserts, distribution limitations and constraints to accessing local, healthy and fresh food.
Deep Roots board member Robert Tovell reports that farmers and market gardeners identified problems with connecting to customers once the growing season ended. As these customers fall out of contact during the winter it can be hard to re-connect in the spring, leaving farmers to search for new customers. Other barriers included the lack of infrastructure to store crops once harvested. With no way to keep produce fresh or to extend the market season farmers are pressured to sell quickly.