Please welcome my good friend Raine Saunders (pronounced Rainy) from Agriculture Society. She’s an expert at finding and sourcing health-supporting foods from both local sources and online merchants. In this post, she shares what sustainable food is, why you’d want to eat this way, and three ways to get started. Her brand-new book, The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food, is just one of the products included in the Extreme Health Digital Library, where you can get 53 health products valued at $835 for an incredibly low price of $39.97 (75 cents each) through Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Please welcome Chris Kerston from Chaffin Family Orchards. I asked him to be a guest because I wanted to learn more about what they’re doing and I wanted you to hear it, too. Their 300 acres of orchards (olive, citrus and stone fruit) are “mowed” and fertilized by cattle, sheep, and goats who are followed by chickens who debug (natural pest control). Since adopting these methods, they’ve been able to use 85% less fuel, plus they’re building soil fertility and taking higher-quality foods right to the consumer. Chris and I visit about his family, his role as managing partner at Chaffin Family Orchards. We talk about the olive/olive oil industry, what’s wrong with conventional olive growers and convention olives… And tons more. Do listen!
As I type this, food freedom supporters are gathering in Minnesota at the trial of farmer Alvin Schlangen, co-owner and manager of Freedom Farms Co-op. Watch the short video to hear his story. “Alvin Schlangen, a peaceful Minnesota farmer and founder of Freedom Farms Co-op, connects people with the foods of their choice from local producers. Over the past two years, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has illegally raided Alvin’s van, warehouse, and farm. The state has now brought 21 charges against Alvin related to food distribution; all are misdemeanor counts. Four of the misdemeanors are in trial [this week]. If convicted, Alvin faces up to a year in jail and hefty fines… just for helping to connect consumers to the producers and foods of their choice.” –Raw Milk Food Freedom Riders
Urban farmer Annette Cottrell (from SustainableEats.com) and I have been internet friends for a long time. We have a common kinship in growing, raising, sourcing, and preparing our own foods. So I am really, really thrilled to tell you about her amazing new book. She, with Joshua McNicholls (a Seattle-based journalist with a long-term interest in sustainability and food security), wrote “The Urban Farm Handbook.” And what a handbook it is!
Hello, and welcome to my post for this week’s Tuesday Twister! The highlight of our week was going mushroom hunting with our friends Beth and Kerry Olson of B & K Natural Farm (pastured poultry). They’ve been avid mushroomers for 30 years, and we were honored and blessed to be invited along on one of their cherished days in the woods hunting for wild edibles.
It’s Monday – and time for another Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM). Today I’m sharing from a “Letter” in the Wise Traditions journal of Spring 2010. Allan Balliett, a biodynamic farmer in West Virginia, addresses the topic of fake CSAs — CSAs who cater to the consumer’s love of convenience, but distribute food from unknown or obscure farms.