Yesterday, the kids, Nicolas and I spent the day at the Georgia Organic Conference. As a result of a session that I attended led by Chef Linton Hopkins I am feeling passionately ready to cook and eat a Will Harris or Riverview Farms hog and/or cow, from horn to hoof, leaving no waste. I’m also ready to take on the challenge of saving our seeds – something that the farmer hasn’t had the time to do well. After attending Janisse Ray and Tom Stearns seed-saving session, we feel more knowledgeable about how to prevent cross-pollination. James Harris (from elemental interactive) gave an informative session about social networking that finally pushed me to start this farm blog.
But it was Michael Pollan’s keynote address that got me sitting in here all day instead of playing in the sun. He re-inspired me (maybe pollan-ated me while posing in that garden?) to want to share some of Nicolas’ fifteen years of farming know-how so that those who are newer to the field can have an easier time. Because one big thing we are lacking in this journey towards a new sustainable future is farmers. There are not enough farmers. There aren’t enough backyard gardeners or homesteaders, or discriminating, knowledgable consumers. Or, there are those who are enthusiastically breaking ground, but may still have questions.
In addition, for our Morningside Farmers Market, The Local Farmstand, Sevenanda and Whole Foods Market customers, there will be regular updates posted here about what you can expect to find each coming week.
More about Michael Pollan’s talk soon. But now, on this second day of spring, I am needed in The Backyard Farm (a smaller version of Nicolas’ farm, run by young Jesse and Gillen, using no machinery, and even more local than the farm).