In the sustainable farming and farmers market community, we've all been watching the developments surrounding the 2018 very closely. Last summer, both Mallory and I had the opportunity to speak at a House Ag Committee listening session at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur. Together with a coalition of local food advocates pulled together by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, speakers who were called up had two minutes to address House Ag Committee Chair Rep. Conaway and 7 other members of the commitee, including 3 Illinois representatives (Mike Bost, Cheri Bustos, and Rodney Davis).
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Eating healthier while spending less is everyone’s dream, especially for those primarily responsible for making purchases for household staples. With a little effort, you can find homemade alternatives to your expensive shop bought staples. Apart from saving a couple dollars, you will know exactly what goes into your food and the exact procedure used in making it.
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Farmers Market season is one of my favorite times of the year. Walking up and down the aisles past mountains and mountains of fresh produce, freezers full of local meat and poultry, and vendors selling anything and everything you can think of is so exhilarating.
I’m not very good at goodbyes, but this is hardly a goodbye. Although I will be leaving my current position at The Land Connection, I won’t be going far!
You’ve likely heard the news on Friday that the House Farm Bill was voted down; a casualty of the heated immigration debate. Regardless of the proximal reasons the bill failed, this was a very good thing. As I discussed in my blog last month, the House Farm Bill was very bad news for issues we care deeply about, SNAP/Food Access, Conservation, and education programs for sustainable/regenerative farmers. The Senate has yet to release their draft Farm Bill, but insiders have reported that it is a more favorable bill for the Good Food Movement.
Last week I got to make my National Public Radio debut, as a guest on WILL's show The 21st with Niala Boodhoo, along with Catherine Dunlop (manager of the Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market) and Natalie Moore (WBEZ Chicago’s South Side bureau reporter). And of course, ever since the interview, I keep thinking of additional points I could have made, so I'll make some of them here.
To continue with my occasional nautical theme, but slightly backwards, I need to wish all of you Bon Voyage. Now that I have passed the wheel into the capable hands of our new Captain, Jacquelyn, I will now disembark the ship called The Land Connection and follow the ship that is my husband to a new adventure in a different state.