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CSA Week 16-Take 2 without weird background

Posted 8/27/2010 9:38pm by Larry Brandenburg.
I hope that you saw the newspaper articles this past week dealing with agriculture.  No, I don't mean the $1.6 million country ham.  Front page of the Courier Journal was a story about corn and soybeans.  Actually, the story was about the adverse effect the hot weather was having on these crops.  Yields will be down considerably this year.  A couple days later there was another article about the weather's effect on vegetables.  It was the same article I had read the week before in the Lexington Herald-Leader and I shared some of the information with you in my last email.  The reason I hope that you read these articles is because now that you are a part of Community Supported Agriculture, any issue involving agriculture should arouse some interest, if not passion.  Also, you have personally experienced the effects that weather can have on crops.  People who go to the grocery store for all of their food have no idea what is going on here in Kentucky.  As Wendell Berry says, "If you eat, you are involved in agriculture."  It is our desire that after your experience as a CSA partner you will pay more attention to what is going on in the world of agriculture. (And I didn't even mention the toxic industrial farm eggs--probably the biggest national agriculture story this week.)

It has been a good week here at HFF as we have thoroughly enjoyed the cooler temperatures and lower humidity.  I wish that one week of cooler temps could make up fifteen weeks of hot weather, but it doesn't work that way with nature.  We are happy to be able to share eggplant and okra with you this week in addition to all the other good things you have been getting.  I am really disappointed in the big tomatoes but I do hold out hope.  I have heard from some people who are having success with them but most aren't.  Microclimates may be a part of the success stories.  Had I known the summer was going to be like this then I might have planted them in the woods! 

Since I began with challenging you increase your agriculture awareness, let me end by encouraging you to continue to grow in your agriculture literacy.  I know that many of you have read Michael Pollan's
Omnivore's  Dilemma, but I would also encourage you to have a go with his In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.  The latest book I am reading is Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep us Safe by Marie Rodale.  Marie is the granddaughter of J. I. Rodale who essentially started the organic movement in America in 1942 with the publication of his magazine Organic Farming and Gardening.  The Rodale Institute is today one of the leading centers for organic research in he world.  And the magazine is still being published but is now called Organic Gardening. I have great hope that the message of this book will stir up enough people that we can change the direction we have been going with industrial agriculture.  Perhaps this fall and winter,if you wish, we could get together for discussion about this book and others that you might be reading.  We do miss seeing you during the dark of winter and this could enable us to keep up the connection.

I guess that I am "preaching to the choir" but I do get very excited about the potential for organic farming to make a major difference in the world today.  And I know that you believe this too.  Thank you very much for your support and friendship.

Larry 
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