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The blooming, buzzing adventure continues…

We are having a busy but good year on Bee Branch Farm, hence the lack of communication.  We doubled our veggie deliveries from last year, and I am taking on additional farm connected activities.  I am helping out with Cycle to Farm as it grows; there were four events this year with the final Cycle to Farm being in Sandy Mush October 11th.  I am also serving on the Farmer Support Cluster of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, and I am excited to soon have the opportunity to start serving on the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board for Farmland Preservation.  As you all know, I am passionate about this.

As for the veggies this season, this is what makes all the long hours and hard work worth it.  A few comments our farm families have shared with us.  First of all, it does my heart good when I hear how much the children are enjoying their veggies.  We have children fighting over who gets the last bite of chard, asking for those french radishes, and loving  purple potato salad.  In the words of Finney,  “It is good to know your farmer.”   Our families have also shared stories of improved health and vigor, better gum health as noted by dentist and healthier skin.  Yeah for eating your veggies!

We are especially happy that we have a bountiful crop of tomatoes that haven’t succumbed  to late blight as they did last year, and we were able to stave off the rascally racoons who love sweet corn as much as we do, at least for the first couple of weeks and then while we were away for the weekend they figured out how to circumvent the electric fence.  I do give them credit for their tenaciousness.  It was also fun growing artichoke from seed for the first time.  I have let a few go to bloom, and they are stunning.  I enjoy seeing which bees are attracted to which blooms.  We have continued to incorporate beneficial zones in our garden to attract and nurture these insects, and we feel that it is one of the reasons that we have had good success without spraying even organically.

Life on the farm is a blooming, buzzing adventure…..

“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.

On Farming and Food

I highly recommend reading Wendell Berry’s Bringing it to the Table:  On Farming and Food.  Even if you already know Berry’s work, you will enjoy this collection of essays and a few shorts on the importance of what we eat and how we grow and raise our food.  It is imperative to look at the whole picture not just one slice when considering what one chooses to eat and what kind of farms one chooses to support.