Full Circle Answers the Call for More Good Food
This post written by Andrew Stout – Full Circle founder and farmer
I love to grow good things; plants, farms, food, family. After 15 years of growing our farm from 3 acres to over 400, I still find myself eagerly waiting for the freshly sown seeds to pop each spring, ready to begin again our part of fixing the food system.
Wendy and I are often asked how Full Circle grew to where it is today: our simple answer, we felt it was our responsibility to lead by example and grow food with integrity, find other producers who shared our values and connect them to our community.
It was never growth for growth’s sake, but rather the necessity to push back against an industrial food system that was killing us one snack and soda at a time.
Our early members encouraged us to offer more food in order to provide for their friends and we realized that we couldn’t wait for the system to fix itself; we had to answer the call and grow.
First it was more plants and then more acres. Soon it was a few more tractors, trucks and a bigger cooler, even though it seems like we had just finished building the last one. Then it was more growers, producers and employees.
All of this growth driven by members wanting a few more pick-up sites, even when some of those sites were above the artic circle in remote Alaska, and eventually home delivery. Each step of the way we were asked to grow and we answered with a resounding ‘yes’ despite the fact that it would be difficult and challenging, take us out of our comfort zone, test our integrity and force ourselves not to be the limiting factor.
We found ways to take on those challenges because the responsibility was bigger than us. Fix the food system.
Now we set out once again to follow our mission and offer California produce delivery. Taking the responsibility to grow the movement, becoming a food hub for more artisan producers and organic farmers and engaging more families to celebrate the flavors of the table. Growth is good—especially when the result is more good food.