So I see everything through food goggles, right? The more I learn about the industrial food complex that we’ve all grown up with, the more I want to know about the person producing my food. Yesterday I attended the (1st annual) Farming our Future conference out at Taconic CSD. That is, once I got us on the correct Rt. 23 going in the correct direction… I should not be responsible for directions pre-coffee. Luckily once we arrived, a fellow participant named Ejay (seeing the desperation on my face) pointed me in the direction of coffee – thanks Ejay!
The morning began with the keynote speech by Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm, followed by a panel discussion. The Register-Star covered it thoroughly here. They didn’t mention the best nickname of the day, “Naked Swimmer”. You had to be there. The conversations were philosophical more than practical – which is what this very diverse crowd seemed to want. After lunch and visiting the numerous exhibitors ( Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Sylvia Center/Katchkie Farm, Hudson Valley Bounty, Amy Cotler/The Locavore Way, Project Native, Friends of the Farmer, etc etc), two workshop sessions happened. I attended The Right Fit: Matching Food & Farm to Market and Sharing Resources – The Cooperative Way. Both provided great food for thought. This was followed by a World Cafe, encouraging participants to gather in small groups of 4 to discuss questions posed by the moderator. By 4:30pm, my brain was full.
Identifying myself as an eater, I want to know more (and more) about where my food comes from. As the daughter of a farmer having grown up doing farm chores, there is no way I’m going to return to the farm. What I can do is make smart choices as an eater, a consumer.
What can you do?