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U.S. Farm Subsidies


Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough

Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough.

Great grocery store model to replicate!


A zero waste grocery store.

Lovin this model! Package free! What a fantastic store and why in the world is this the first of its kind in the U.S.??? Lets get this idea growing and catching like wildfire!

I am quite suprised in fact that this doesn’t exist in Portland!

All of you in TX better support this store!!


Get your read on!

I have a few books that I wanted to pass on to all of you with high recommendations!

I was assigned several books to read for my Foodshed Field School Course as follows:

  1. Imhoff, D. (ed.). 2010. The CAFO Reader. Watershed Media.
  2. Franceschini, A. and D. Tucker. 2010. Farm Together Now: A Portrait of people, places, and ideas for a new food movement. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.
  3. Rodríguez, Sylvia. 2006. Acequia: Watersharing, Sanctity, and Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
  4. World Economic Forum. 2011. Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus Island Press. ISBN-10: 1597267368.

Now, a quick check on that list… The number 4 book I would NOT recommend. I read a good portion of it and it raised the hair on my neck a few times. Part of the contributors for the text are CEOs of CocaCola and Pepsi. Obvious hidden agenda with companies like that telling others how they should conserve water!! It takes over 16 gallons of water to make just one 12oz can of soda… Think about it.

The other books are good reads so far.

It was hard in the last month to actually get any reading in during the field school but I am catching up now. I am nearly done with Farm Together Now and love love love this book. The CAFO book is graphic and harsh but that never stops me from reading on. The truth hurts at times 😉 The Acequia text I have actually used as a reference before for other school works I have written.

I would recommend book number2 the most.

The book that I really want all of you to read besides Farm Together Now is:

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love.


I could not put this book down. It is so open, inspiring, and real. I always thought of myself as settling down later in life to run some sort of farm but this book has made me think why wait? It really was almost more informative that all of the texts that I was assigned during the field school. I referenced it so many times in discussions en route to new locations on our NM foodshed tour that my peers dubbed it “my bible”. I love this model though. How more connected to your food, land, love, and community can you get than this??

Read it and get inspired!

For more about the book/farm/author here are some links:

How cool is Old School!

I just found this fun site and love it and wanted to share it with ya’ll!

I love everything about it!

From the design of the site to what they stand for to the classes!

About the Old School

Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.

Our classes are intentionally priced to make them affordable for families in need of these skills. Free or low-cost SAFE childcare is available in order to open opportunities for folks otherwise unable to attend classes.

Our financial model is simple. If there are funds left over after paying for rent and supplies, teachers get half of it. At least 10 percent of any leftover funds is donated to a charity. The remainder is returned to the school to compensate administrators and keep the school running (website and advertising).

If you don’t see a topic on our list, let us know. We’ll use our network to find a teacher for you, and then we’ll host a class. If you want to take a class but it doesn’t work with your schedule, talk to us. That teacher might offer a class to meet your schedule.

Or if you have a skill you think fits our mission, let us know. Maybe you can join our experts in spreading the traditional, frugal and sustainable living skills that make Old School so neat.

Better in a Mason Jar








Quote of the week…

(Quote from Organic Bytes)

“Does it bother you that we consumers are largely unaware that 70 percent to 80 percent of the [non-organic] processed foods we buy contain GM ingredients? We are ‘largely unaware’ because these foods are not labeled – even though 90 percent of Americans want them labeled and think that we have the right to know what is in our food. The biotech industry fights labeling viciously because they know that, if GM foods were labeled, many would refuse to buy them as is the case in Europe.”

– “The Audacity of Genetically Modified Foods,” Bruce Robinson, May 8, 2011

Here comes a serious rant people. Brace yourself and read on if you dare.

It sure as hell bothers me. But what really bothers me is the lack of fight in the mass public here in America. We have the right and ability to vote with our forks. Every bite you take is a vote. Every time you buy groceries; a vote. Every time you choose a restaurant to eat at; a vote. Dammit people, wake the eff up!

Obesity, disease, cancer, autism, ADD, ADHD, global climate change, lack of fresh clean water, epidemic amounts of farmer suicides globally, environmental degradation, desertification, Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees, droughts, soil loss, species loss…I could go on FOREVER.

Where do you all think these problems are stemming from??

Unsustainable, unhealthy agricultural processes.

And we have the ability to stop this.

So, please. Do something. Demand non GMO food at your grocery store, at every restaurant you go to. Vote every time you eat. When you buy, support organic and natural and small local farmers that use sustainable practices in their farms. Every time you go out to eat, ask your server if the manager or owner is there, and then ask them if they serve non GMO food, if they support local farms in the area. Let them know how important this is to you as a customer and a consumer.

The more we ask, the more people become aware, get educated and begin to ask more themselves. Pay it forward. Do what you can. I’m not advocating that you switch overnight to completely organic. That is hard and not possible for some folks. It can be expensive. But do what you can by asking and spreading the knowledge that you want GMO out of our foods.

Do you know why organic and natural is more expensive and less accessible? Find out. Learn more. Ask questions. This is something that is one of your basic needs. You eat three times a day. Do you know why it is so hard to have healthy, safe food for everyone? Do you know how large corporations  put their CEO’s in office, change policies, and then go back to work for the corporations? Do you know how the majority of government subsidies go to large farms GMO farms? Did you know that the small farms get less and less of the help that what set up for them in the first place?

That’s right folks! GMO food is not more cheap than organic and natural, you are just tricked into thinking so. You make it cheap with your tax dollars!! You ARE paying more for GMO. You just do it out of your paychecks and on tax day instead of at the grocery store. Support farmers market. No middle men. Your money goes straight to the farmer. And you know where the food comes from because you get to meet the farmer that grew it.

Do you want Health Care for the nation? Do you wonder why our kids are overweight, being diagnosed with ADD and ADHD so prevalently? Do you know why cancer continues to be such a high issue for Americans? Do you wonder why the health of this Nation is failing so grossly and why we need Health Care so badly? Do you know who is PROFITING from this epidemic?

Do you ask these questions? Do you even know TO ask these question?

This is our future. This is now. This is a concern that each and every one of us has a responsibility to take part in fixing.






Vote so that there is in fact a future for humankind.