December 2017-Book Reccomendation and Farm Updates
Happy Holidays, farm supporters!
I hope you're enjoying the opportunity to make pots of soup, drink hot chocolate and roast every vegetable in sight. I've been enjoying cold weather cooking and I've also been busy planning for next season! I'm preparing a big seed order, drawing up field plans and updating the farm website. As of this week, my big accomplishment is that Windy Hill Family Farm is now Windy Hill Family Farm LLC! Not nearly as exciting as the first tomatoes or watermelon, I know, but it's still something checked off the winter to-do list.
Come early January, we will start taking CSA sign-ups for 2018! Look out for discount codes, a sign-up link, and more information about the 2018 season coming to you soon. Also, we are expanding a bit in 2018, so we appreciate you spreading the word about the CSA! Our best advertising is word of mouth.
Until then, may I make a winter food/farm related reading suggestion?
A Winter Reading Recommendation
I read a lot of books related to food and farming. Most of them are extremely detailed guides on running a sustainable farm, focusing on topics like optimal spacing and planting time for onions with reference to a farmer's growing zone. I promise not to recommend those books to you unless you ask.
What I will recommend is the book I just finished: The Color of Food by Natasha Bowens. The book is a collection of interviews with farmers of color, along with some reflections from the author. Bowens interviews farmers who are highly impacted by industrial agriculture, climate change and USDA discrimination. The book includes interviews with Native American farmers who are fighting for water rights, Latino immigrants who are creating pathways to farm ownership for Latino farm workers, and Black farmers talking about the importance of Black land ownership and the causes of the land loss that has devastated Black agricultural communities. It is exciting to read about communities that are leading the way to a better food system. Plus... it is a short and pretty easy read.
Seeds For Spring
There are so many amazing people working to create a better food system. I'm excited to help promote the launch of my friend Owen’s new seed company, Truelove Seeds. In his words: “Truelove Seeds is a collaboration with more than 20 small-scale rural and urban farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. This is an opportunity for growers to share their own seeds and stories and to bring in extra financial support for their food sovereignty and agroecological projects.”