What’s better than a group of friends making and eating food together on a farm? Processing it all on site together. At least that’s what Brad and Amanda Kik, founder of ISLAND, thought when they first conceived the idea of a mobile processing kitchen a few years ago.
While ISLAND's work is all about finding the hidden interconnections, “and food is ripe with relationship—to politics, to economy, to culture, to ecology, to history, to art,” says Brad, the mobile food preservation kitchen still needs funding to make it fully operable in the community.
While much of ISLAND’S work is about finding creative responses to global predicaments including climate change, alternative energy, and species extinction, Brad says bringing community together to create solidarity under food can begin with a single trailer.
“Responding to these issues would be one where, despite a wide difference of opinion in political, religious and other values, people would treat each other with respect and civility, and the word ‘economy’ would be used in reference to how a community lives responsibly within the ecology, history and limits of its small place,” says Brad.
Sound the cheering nationwide in hopes they get that trailer.