Revisiting Riverton: the Longwood Loop food resiliency project


Joanna Macy, the head of the evolutionary movement based on life-sustaining examples of our future, has a three times example of change: Performance Design (consider demonstration movement), Alternative methods (such as Donut resources, human fields, transformed agriculture), and Shifting Awareness (such as ecological techniques, ecofeminism, cognitive methods based on systematic thinking).

I was happy to see it write this well in the Otago Daily Times The Longwood Loop it starts. The brainchild of Riverton food producers and orchards entering the orchard, Robyn and Robert Guyton, Longwood Loop is a rehabilitation project that connects local food producers with rural food buyers in rural Western Southland.

Much of what is written on The Standard, including myself, is the writing of Holding Patterns. We are writing against the National, or how Labor should change, or what is wrong with the evil world and how it should be rejected.

I can say that the writing I wrote about Longwood Loop fundraising earlier this year, it was one of the most satisfying articles I have ever written, because it was about Other Ways and Changes. And the people down, doing evil. We have seen real change come at just the right time as the fundraiser has crossed the line.

This is what the Longwood Loop is all about. It is a progressive project that is developing another way of distributing food that is working here, as well as moving back and forth. It depends on the mindset that is changing the way we think about food production and resilience, as well as wealth. I really enjoyed reading the progress.

From ODT,

But every Thursday afternoon, an electric car can be seen going to the grain, weeping silently.

Its driver, Robyn Guyton, is on a mission: redefining the old way of doing business and encouraging people to take action.

In the boot of the 2021 LDV eDeliver 3 there are boxes of vegetables, fruits and meat – plus a chocolate and raspberry muffin for the casual Nightcaps casual.

Together with a group of volunteers, Guyton has launched The Longwood Loop – a market for handicraft farmers that connects emerging farmers in Western Southland and their region.

Every Thursday, they drive a 150km-220km highway that starts and ends at Riverton, picking up and distributing fresh produce along the way.

“It is an online farmer market [where] farmers put most of what they have, into a website, ”explains Guyton.

“Then on Monday, the store is open and for three days people can order, and the farmers know exactly how much lettuce to break.

“It is not like a normal farmers’ market where you can have 50 lettuce and sell for 20. So there is no waste of food. It’s the same day [delivery] so no overnight reservation is required. And it is airless travel. “

Buyers can order as little or as much as they want, and now 14 runners, about 80 of the 200 registered customers have done the same.

At the first stop between Riverton and utatautau, they lower an empty barn since last week and collect meat, nuts and 10kg of blueberries. And so it goes.

Like all good ways to revitalize the Longwood Loop project it makes a difference in a number of different, interdisciplinary,

  • climatic events through lowering GHG emissions, and suggesting one way to reduce NZ / natural food intake.
  • redesigning new systems that restore communities
  • maintaining profitability in the community by operating as a non-profit organization and allowing farmers to be paid more for their yields
  • this also means that consumers do not have to pay a lot of refunds which are often associated with rural life
  • Growing food in the area is supported, provides income for people who do what they love, and pursues organic and regenerative methods.
  • ensuring future food security
  • provide an image that other regions can download

The Longwood Loop is also pushing for political boundaries. The politics of food relocation and small-scale reforestation / horticulture are not widely discussed on the left but this is a good reflection of the creation and promotion of traditional dynamics,

Even after the car was purchased, Guyton says, the project was put at risk by the Southland regional council, which raised concerns as farmers had to register with the Ministry of Primary Industries.

A reversal took place, and MPI senior adviser Simon Holst finally accepted the offer.

Guyton says he will continue to do so.

“I took a van and started doing loops with [the council] said, ‘you can’t go’. And I said, ‘I will’.

“I was ready to be arrested for this,” he recalls happily.

“No one will die from the food they picked up and went down that afternoon.”

What is important here is the strong politics of greenies, transitioners, DIYers and anarchists, where we do not just wait for the government to take action, we continue and build new ways for ourselves. Then the middle will follow. This is how change takes place, and it is one of the most inspiring aspects of climate and environmental issues. Across New Zealand people like Guyton are at the forefront of the models we need in the world of post-carbon, life-affirmation, and climate change.

Robyn Guyton (photo via ODT)

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