It’s National Ag Week and my thanks goes to the men and women who provide our food and clothing. Being from the Midwest, it used to be when I thought of farmers, Holstein cows naturally came to mind. Or million-dollar implements on acreage as vast as the eye could see. While I certainly appreciate both these entities, I now realize there is so much more to American agriculture—CSAs, market farmers, even little ol’ gardeners like me. I appreciate so much those who boldly take a stand for organic, ethical and sustainable agriculture. You have my love and admiration!
Here are some things I’ve been following this week:
- Without immigrants, the snowball of repercussions is great. Is this what we really want?
- Women Who Farm: “Through saving seed, harvesting rainwater, and care taking the animals, these women are true heroes.”
- I loved Mas Masumoto’s keynote presentation at last month’s MOSES Conference.
- Also Liz Carlisle’s. Her book Lentil Underground is on my must-read list.
- Gather with women farmers, learn valuable farm and gardening tips, and sample locally-made products at this Soil Sisters event, April 6, in Middleton. See you there!
- Yes, immigrants do feed America. Award-winning Modern Farmer did this excellent piece: The High Cost of Cheap Labor. Worth reading for a better understanding of how food gets to your table.