Organic Farmer’s Market Dalat
Bees4life happliy announces to be active for bees offline since the beginning of the year 2019.
Offline? What does it even mean?
Well, we understood that it’s nice and all to publish bee-related content and involve people in the online world through Facebook & Instagram.
Still, something was missing.
We wondered, what could we do?
So, getting back to the problem with our insect decline up to 75 % in the last 30 years and the apparent root cause lying in the toxic chemicals of our food production system, we opted for 2 kick-off projects in the city of Da Lat, Vietnam: the Organic Farmer’s Market Dalat and the first community garden of the same city, called Bee Garden .
Both projects were launched in the beginning of the year 2019 and put in practice with the help and inspiration of many volunteers living or travelling throught the beautiful mountain city of Da Lat, Vietnam.
Why do we need organic farmer’s markets?
If chemicals in our food production are the problem, then Bees4life should support the farmers who stand up against the use of chemicals. This is what the market organization committee did. For 6 months 4 members of the committee (Eila Rain, Mateusz Buzko, Bui Anh Tuán and Leonie Hofsäss) researched, chatted, visited, interviewed, gathered farmers who grow food without the use of chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides in the area of Da Lat.
You might wonder, what other advantages do farmer’s markets have in general and why do we need those places so desperately?
👉We need organic farmer’s markets to support people who chose a natural way of agriculture as their life mission and lifestyle and provide clean food to local citizens & visitors.
👉We need organic farmer’s markets to re-establish a personal relation between farmer and customer and regaining an understanding of where our food comes from and why it is seasonal.
👉We need organic farmer’s markets to create a direct sales process without middle parties. This gives the farmer up to 100% of the price share, which he or she can then derive to better prices for the customer.
👉We need organic farmer’s markets to shorten the distances between producer and consumer, reducing also CO2 transport emissions.
If we really look at the big picture of how we will feed the world in the future, without compromising our planet – farmer’s markets are the answer.
We need to downscale agriculture and decentralize the distribution mechanisms and likewise simplify sales and marketing procedures for the reasons mentioned above.
2 more requirements for the Organic Farmer’s Market Dalat
The market organization team had 2 more requirements to make it the market of our dreams:
1) The sales process has to be plastic-free, so no plastic bags or packaging are allowed to be issued by the vendors. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. Reusable cotton bags are for sale at the market, in case people forget their bags.
2) All products have to be local and from the vendor’s own production. No third-party products are allowed. Vendors only sell what they produce.
Once we got all the vendors together, we organized the first market event in February 2019, which was a success. Since then we kept organizing one event every month, growing it bigger and bigger.
Story to be continued….
Find the date of the next market day on the Facebook page of the Organic Farmer’s Market Dalat: