Farming, Butchers, Spices, Money, and Gardening
What do they all have in common? You’ll know just a bit more about all 5 at the end of this post. We’ve got another collection of posts, articles, and stories that caught our eye over the last couple of weeks. Some helpful tips, some good news, some bad news… we’ve got it all. If you’ve got something we missed recently, please let us know in the comments!
Incredible Shrinking Farmland – “We’ve become a little casual about our attitude about farmland,” said Dennis Canty, director of the Pacific Northwest regional office of the American Farmland Trust (AFT). Farmland Trusts provide a sustainable approach to to preserving our land, our food and the health of our community, with PCC Farmland Trust serving as a great example of innovation and partnership.
Pizza is a Vegetable – At least congress thinks so. This is an excellent summary of the sad state of affairs that is the school lunch program in our country.
The Lost Art of Buying From a Butcher – I’m a big fan of A&J Meats at the top of Queen Anne here in Seattle and someone sent me this article about the rise of the butcher and why they are such a great resource. My big draw is the (much) better taste combined with the knowledge that I’m supporting a good farm. What I often forget until I get there is the skill and service that comes along with it. They tell you how much, what kind, and will cut it exactly to your liking. I’m a proud convert!
Seattle Tilth Wins USDA Grant – Seattle Tilth (“a non-profit organic gardening and urban ecology organization”) won almost $500,000 in a USDA grant that will provide “skills training for immigrants, refugees and low-income families who reside in South King County.” It’s a great use of money going to a great organization who will surely make that money go a long way.
Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability – a six session course book exploring the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them. Northwest Earth Institute has created course books with readings, short assignments and discussion questions on different subjects as a great way to help participants become more aware and commit to lasting change. This is the most recent course. A great tool for a neighborhood or work group conversation.
Gardening Is Good for You – I’m sure you knew that but this creative infographic breaks down exactly what you gain from growing at home. Burn calories, improve your home’s value and save money. Also, eat some of the best produce you’ve ever had!
Focus on Farming – The Focus on Farming Conference at Comcast Arena drew in over 500 people. Great to hear that better agriculture has a strong, engaged group of people fighting for it.
Young Farmers Face Obstacles to Getting Started – In order to create solutions for the availability of local food, we need to first acknowledge the problems we need to solve. Recently Ag Sect. Vilsack said that “the average age of the American farmer is 57, and that that age is rising,” so the need for young farmers is critical to sustain our farms. Are we providing an environment to encourage and support them to do so?
Spice substitution – I found this useful yesterday when I realized we ran out of cumin. Interestingly, you can use chili powder, who knew? It was for tikka masala, if you were wondering…
Roasted Cauliflower from TENDER – Someone else likes our roasted cauliflower with olive oil recipe, namely the Seattle Times! This was already on Marlen’s Thanksgiving menu, what a coincidence…
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