This episode is about a clever way one entrepreneur connects people directly with their local food economies to save money, get more nutritious food, and support small family farmers. I’m here with Matthew Barnes, who’s the co-founder of LAEF, which is short for Local Agriculture Expansion Foundation.
In a nutshell, LAEF is a free payment and e-commerce platform that supports small sustainable farms to help them connect and transact with their local communities. I met Matthew recently and really wanted to share him with you guys because with the uncertain times we’re in, a strong local food supply is more important than ever. It’s a move that also supports small businesses and the overall economy right where we live.
I think we’re seeing more and more people move toward this type of model, so if you love fresh, nutritious food definitely give this one a listen!
Episode Highlights With LAEF (Local Agricultural Expansion Foundation)
- Obstacles most small family farms face, and how LAEF is helping
- Reasons to source your food from local farmers instead of the grocery store (even if organic)
- How local food economies are the solution to several problems right now
- The way LAEF brings small family farms to the modern market and vice versa
- Matthew’s #1 piece of advice for entrepreneurs in today’s COVID-influenced market
- Why he intentionally does something that feels hard every day
- One way LAEF is helping protect the quality and freshness of local food
- The benefits of extreme physical challenge
- How to raise resourceful, independent kids
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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