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I love farmers!

As a whole, farmers are generous souls who are willing to share their knowledge, their time and their stories.  I had fun visiting a couple of local farms this past week.  I finally dropped by to meet Janet Peterson on her lovely Cloud 9 Farm in Fairview.  Janet and her partner, Jeff, are building on what her father started several years ago as a timber and blueberry farm.; they have now diversified into beef, chickens, honeybees, blueberries and a sawmill operation.  They also have two lovely accommodations for those wanting a Blue Ridge vacation; they have a charming cabin and a ranch home with a spectacular view.  If you have visitors coming to Asheville, I recommend a Cloud 9 Farm stay; it even includes fresh eggs delivered to your door.  An additional important aspect of the farm to me is that they are working with Buncombe County Soil and Water on a Conservation Easement. 

I also dropped by Ostara Farm in Sandy Mush to talk garlic and mulching with Tara, and came home with yummy homemade cottage cheese for my mom that brought back childhood memories of Big Nanny, what I called her grandmother, who lived on Curtis Creek in Candler; she was a very self-sufficient woman with a green thumb and a big heart.  I love to hear stories of Big Nanny and her strawberries and her milk cow and her quilting and her strong independence.

Since I love farmers and love their stories, I am going to add a new aspect to my blog.  I am going to share stories of farmers in Sandy Mush, and since Sandy Mush is full of interesting people and stories, I will probably include stories of crafts people and others as well.  I’ll try to share a story once a month, and you will find all of them archived under the Sandy Mush Farm Stories category.  I hope you will get the opportunity to know these people and to support their passion and hard work.

Since I just visited Tara and Sean of Ostara Farm, I will get started with them.  Stay tuned…

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“More to Organics than Stanford Study”

I do miss my bi-monthly fix of Mother Jones’ smart investigative journalism.  Here is Tom Philpott blog post from the Mother Jones’ site addressing the misleading information from the Stanford study.  5 Ways the Stanford Study Sells Organics Short.

I believe that beyond nutrition, we should also look at the environmental impacts of conventional vs. organic, and, more importantly, we should consider the many benefits of the sustainable and diverse family farm rather than the monoculture of industrial agribusiness.  I believe that if a comprehensive study is done on the many family farms who work hard to create thriving, diverse farms in order to be healthful and sustainable versus the monoculture industrialized farms, whether they be conventional or organic certified, that we will find numerous benefits of the diverse family farm.