THE RUSTY GEAR

Our logo is an old rusty gear.  We selected it in memory of Charles Koiner and the old rusty tools that he used on his farm.  However, it has become a symbol for something far greater than old farm tools.  The rusty gear has come to represent the way in which a small farm operates in a complex food system.

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Like a gear within a machine, a farm within a community keeps inputs and outputs cycling through the system.  For example, waste from a local restaurant can be inputs for the farm's compost system.  In return, the farm can grow fresh greens and herbs for local restaurants.  In this way, the farm acts like a gear that keeps the food system turning.  Much like a gear, a farm can help the food system run more smoothly by lowering barriers to sustainability.  Similarly, a farm is most productive and effective when working in sync with the other elements of the system.

 

Continuing with this analogy, lets image that a gear within a machine is damaged or removed.  In this case, the machine will likely sputter, stall, and eventually fail.  Likewise, should farms become damaged or removed - say from infertile land, polluted water, unfair working conditions,  suburban sprawl, or monopolization / loss of family farms - the food system, in turn, will sputter, stall and eventually fail.  

 

Finally, neither the size nor the location of the gear within the machine indicates its importance to the system.  Each gear, no matter how big or small, has a significant role to play in the functioning of the system.  So too does each and every farm.