Mr. Ken Flatto
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Re: The Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm
I have lived in Fairfield for 20 years with my wife Lori and our five children and truly love our town, both for its history and sense of community. It is in this spirit that I am writing you to convey my strong support for the establishment of the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm.
As a local-sustainable food advocate, I urge the town of Fairfield to set aside suitable and accessible town-owned land for this important learning opportunity for Fairfield children and families. I am the chef/owner of The Dressing Room restaurant in Westport and President and CEO of Wholesome Wave Foundation, an organization which nourishes neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food. I encourage you to look into our work by visiting our website at wholesomewave.org.
There is a growing movement throughout America, in towns just like Fairfield, to create a more healthful, organic and sustainable food future. As one of the first towns in America, Fairfield has a rich farming heritage, yet most of our farmland is gone. The Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm would enable us to preserve some of our agricultural history while also creating a vital, local food-production source, a center of sustainable food education, and a notable attraction in Fairfield County.
I strongly encourage town bodies to act quickly and decisively to make this unique and timely project a town priority for 2010. Please consider me an important source of guidance to the champions of this project as they generously donate their time and expertise to ensure that Fairfield is well positioned to become a shining example of what a sustainable community can look like.