Real Food Mama

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So Inspiring! August 27, 2011

Filed under: Events,Food Activism,Uncategorized — realfoodmama @ 10:04 am
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Last night I had the opportunity to listen to Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface farm and author of several books including one titled “Everything I want to do is Illegal”. He has been a long time proponent of organic, sustainable, locally grown food and is an icon of the Real Food movement. I was really excited to hear him speak and he did not disappoint. The lecture he gave last evening was focused on local food sheds and the things necessary in order to have a successful and sustainable local food system.

The things he mentioned were relatively straightforward – farmers, obviously, and then distributors, processors and consumers. He spoke of the need for local processing plants and how the lack of local butchers and canners has a huge impact on the ability of local, small farms to get their product from farm to table. The same problem arises with transporting the product. Rather than having each farmer drive in their own vehicle to the farmer’s market, he suggested a cooperative transport system.

What was so inspiring about this was that here in Santa Fe we actually have some of that infrastructure already. We have something called Santa Fe Farm to Restaurant Delivers, where a truck goes to the farms, picks up the produce and then delivers it to the restaurants here that participate in the Farm to Restaurant project. All of this is made possible by the Santa Fe Alliance. It is so wonderful to live in a place that is working to move towards a more sustainable local food system.

I was able to walk away from the lecture last night feeling not only inspired, but also hopeful and confident that the local food movement will be successful. I only hope that I can take my small backyard farm and turn it into a sustainable and healthy place to raise my animals and our food. And while not everyone can raise their own food, everyone can support local farmers and their local food shed. So Happy Eating!

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One Response to “So Inspiring!”

  1. Beth Drechsel Says:

    Joel Salatin is so inspirational and I admire what he’s done with Polyface Farm. I’ll have to find the book “Everything I want to do is Illegal,” as it sounds intriguing and I haven’t read it. I’m blessed to be able to share a large garden with my sister, fruit from friends trees, fresh milk and eggs from neighbors, and buy half a grass-fed steer for beef which y brother-in-law raises on his land. I do a lot of canning, and drying of fruit and veggies, and have learned to make butter, yogurt, and soft cheeses. At this point our family can’t put up a full year’s worth of food, but we are able to put up ALOT. Thanks for your posts. I always enjoy reading them.


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