We’re making progress on our anthology of local, organic farmers in the Twin Cities area. So far we’ve interviewed three farms and had wonderful conversations about their relationship to the land, the beauty of growing your own food, the importance of sustainable farms, and the challenges and joys of farming. Every farmer has showed their passion about food and the environment through personal stories and lively political discussions. We have learned about how corporations have misappropriated organic, sustainable terms to claim that their products are “natural” or “green” when they are not. This phenomena is called “greenwashing,” read up on it here. We have learned that there are many varieties of garlic, all with distinctly different flavors. We have learned that many of the health issues faced by Americans can be solved by eating unprocessed, whole foods. We have learned that keeping weeds between rows prevents droughts and erosion. We have learned that to be an organic farmer, you must sweat and work hard every day, connect consumers to their food sources, accept the challenges of weather, plan far in advance, and care deeply about growing the beautiful, diverse vegetables that sustain us. We look forward to more rewarding conversations over homemade tea and muffins.
A CSA box of vegetables from Bossy Acres Farm in Northfield, MN. Delicious!