Since the Great Depression, the face of American farming has changed.
Small family farms have been increasingly replaced by larger enterprises that are able to produce and export more due to the scale at which they operate. Unfortunately, the Frontera Farmer Foundation reports, today's conventional agricultural methods—the use of pesticides and fertilizers—contribute to the destruction and loss of nearly 4 million acres of irrigated land every year.
Rick and Deann Bayless founded Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to attract renewed support for the small-scale farmer. Since they're more likely to use organic farming methods and introduce biodiversity to the land, these farms actually strengthen the soil instead of exhausting it. To help them survive amid larger enterprises, the Frontera Foundation provides capital-development grants. Through these and the equipment they purchase, Bayless hopes to establish a year-round link between small-scale farmers, farmers-market patrons, and chefs, keeping a steady flow of seasonal agriculture pouring into Chicago.
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