on Passover the question is asked, ma nishtanah (what is different)…
“why is this
the answer: we were once deeply connected to our food.
We grew crops and raised animals, and we worked hard doing it. But we knew where our food came from, what was in it, and we were humble and grateful for what we had. Our tradition provided words and structure for how we grew and shared our food, connected to and supported our community, and provided for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Listen, it wasn’t perfect. There was hardship and struggle and not much personal freedom, but we had working communities, strong bodies, and a respect for the hard work it takes to stay safe and fed.
But after the age of grocery stores and industrial agriculture began, we quickly lost this connection. We began to see food as nutrients or calories, and forgot the work it takes to grow food, and the people that do the work. Wandering through this mitzrayim (constricted place), we lost many of the best parts of who we are.
With a resurgence in small scale organic and local agriculture, we have a powerful opportunity.
We can reconnect to our food, and let our food reconnect us with ourselves, each other, our heritage, and the earth. Tuv Ha’Aretz is inspired by the opportunity to find new ways to reach this proverbial land of milk and honey, and we welcome all comers in this joyous exploration.