This week at Farm Aid, we welcomed Joel back to the office after his trip to Iowa last weekend
where he attended the Dairy Rally for Fair Prices. Thankfully, weather cooperated and turnout was good - farmers and participants from eight states showed up and spoke about solutions to the ongoing dairy crisis (the short version of which is, dairy farmers are being paid less for their milk than it takes to produce (sometimes getting less than half the money it takes to produce) - so they're giving up their farms all over the country).
As for me, I've been playing mental catchup all week, since I moved last weekend. No longer confined to a big apartment building, I've now got an apartment with a deck and a backyard. My first thought (ok, my second thought - after dreaming of enjoying summertime margaritas and Prescription Juleps
) was, "How can I start growing some food here?" I need to start poking around the HOMEGROWN site here for tips on what I can accomplish in my fairly limited space. Unfortunately, my backyard is shady and the last tenants had a dog they weren't very good about cleaning up after, so it's a bit of a minefield out there.
With all the packing, moving, and unpacking, I went a full week with no home-cooked food (unless pouring milk over imitation Cheerios from Trader Joes counts), so I was pretty thrilled to finally cook some sausage from my meat CSA
and enjoy it with some homemade basil-arugula pesto and pasta. The next night, I made a tasty pork and tofu stir-fry
(adding in some much-needed broccoli and thickening it with a little corn starch), so I guess things are mostly back to normal now, even if I still need to fish some
kitchen items out from the bottom of cardboard boxes now and then.
Anyhow, we put together a slideshow of pictures from the rally last weekend (volunteer Fritz Nordengren kindly shot the photos and shared them with us), so take a look. The dairy crisis isn't going away anytime soon, so you may have a chance to do something in your area soon - keep a lookout.