When I lived in Minnesota, I set up a dinner table in an art gallery and cooked meals with local produce. I invited the farmers who grew the food and community members to the table to share the meals over conversations about our local food systems.
At one of the dinners, the farmer who grew the food shared that carrots were the crop that gave him the most hope. After many challenges and rejections from food suppliers for his produce, a public school system tried his carrots and agreed to supply them in their school lunches.
The carrot is a reminder that continued devotion, perseverance, and resilience can lead to a vision, and reality, that serves the greater community.
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