[Homestead] For Michael Pollan's enthusiasts
jeanne13 at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 12 07:44:46 EDT 2008
First off I must admit that I have read all of Pollan's books and feel that he is one of the best "tell it like it is" writers out there!
It would be great if all on this list read the article all the way to the end (it is very long) and then we have a discussion about what it has to say. Some of my own thought are expressed below.
Just yesterday at the Greeneville Farmers Market much of what he talks about could be seen! Of the 40 (not all are there every week) or so vendors that participate there are only three who are between 25 and 35 years old. A good portion are in their 50's but most are retirement age or older. Just as an aside our vendors who use organic methods are, most of the time, the first to sell out.
While at the market I was talking to the manager about getting some of the farmers and gardeners to continue supplying the locals with food past the end of the market season. Because I have very little space on my hillside and almost no sun I get most of my food from the farmers market. It is with great pride that I can say that I have not been in a grocery store since mid May when the market opened.
The market manager informed me that food security is on the top of most of the Greene County organization's lists of "things to support". Almost ALL of the things that Pollan talks about are being implemented here (Greene County) in some way or another.
In fact I have been invited to give a talk/workshop on vericomposting at a local grade school. It is to be a hands on workshop with 3rd and 4th graders. :))
Then on the downside I will have to say that this month there will be several auctions of farm land, one with 130 acres, just in the part of Greene County that I live in. Greene is the largest county in the state of TN.
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Food for thought, pun intended.
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