today we (the brand new re:farm beijing group) meet at the 3rd beijing farmers market organized by the Country Fair Team. quite an experience for me since the barrier of the language makes so hard to have a fluid talk. luckily vivian was there and help me (tks vivian;)
despise the great food and strange vegetables my interest on this farmers market is (as always) how can improve re:farm tools to address farmers and consumers concerns. the bridge between food and people is huge and I really think that re:farm tools are here to make this distance shorter and the journey of food to our table a pleasant walk.
the problems that farmers and consumers have in beijing are more or less common to other cities:
on the consumers side we have: the concerning about food safety, the price, the availability of vegetables and the almost inexistent relation with nature.
on the producers side we have: geographic and seasons constrains, sustainability technical support, seeds, connecting with the consumer, transportation, money to begin a season, pests and soil quality.
one of the best systems that I’ve been leaning about since I’ve started this project are the csa systems but there are no hardware or software tools for them. that’s why we are here and we are fully committed to build them ;)