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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter From Publisher

Jul 03, 2014 12:32AM

It never ceases to amaze me how the passage of time— accompanied by gathering knowledge and experiences— can alter one’s perspective. Five years ago, I didn’t know much at all about organic foods, farming, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the food supply chain. Then personal health issues and the need to adjust for food sensitivities showed me the way to feeding my body real, whole foods and I’ve never looked back.

Food is becoming an all-consuming passion in America, partly in response to epidemic obesity and diseases linked to poor diet. For the health and wellbeing of both people and the planet, we need individuals, groups and entire communities to come together to create significant change in how we think about food. In this month’s lead article, “Stewards of Earth’s Bounty,” Melinda Hemmelgarn introduces us to the kind of organic farmers that are making a foundational difference in how we approach, promote and protect our natural resources while producing health-giving foods.

I’m thrilled to see a significant growth in farmers’ markets, natural food markets and restaurants, organic options and urban gardens in the Indianapolis area, many of which are highlighted in this edition. We can take back control of what we eat by learning where our food comes from, selecting healthy organic and natural foods and taking ownership in growing and harvesting our own food. Our article, “More Ways to Support Local Food Producers,” covers nearby food co-ops, gardens and community supported agriculture (CSA).

These days our family strives to consistently fuel ourselves with clean, additive- free, health-giving food. This year, Melissa Doll—my god-daughter and one the magazine’s contributors—established a family garden at her home. She built two raised garden beds and we are all enjoying watching the life cycle from sprouting seedlings to harvesting homegrown goodness. The little ones (Reagan, 7, Jake 5, and cousin Owen, 3) are as fascinated as I am by the hands-on experience and inherent education. Of course, the best part is savoring lettuces so flavorful they don’t need dressing and tomatoes that (surprise!) remind us how a tomato should taste. Although we’ve had to fend off cute, hungry rabbits, we are delighting in this true gift of an Indiana summer.

Each of us can decide now to support local producers and suppliers of healthy goods as we celebrate the momentum of the natural foods movement. All of it is good for our environment, local economy, and health!

Wishing you an abundant summer,

Teona Wright, Publisher

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