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Welcome to GoodFood WorldFebruary 11, 2013

So God made a farmer; but what kind of farmer? 

(Click on any of the images below to see the video described.)

 

Official - God Made a Farmer
Official "God Made a Farmer"
There are probably more people who didn't watch the Super Bowl than did; we didn't. But there was one Super Bowl ad that caught the attention of the food world in a flash: the Dodge Ram commercial, "God Made a Farmer." Besides the millions that watched the commercial during the game, nearly 11 million more have viewed it on YouTube.  

 

Yes, it caught our attention. Yes, it pulled at our heartstrings. But... it was skewed to male, white, conventional, large-scale farmers.  

 

God Made an Immigrant Farmer
God Made a(n Immigrant) Farmer

God Made a(n Immigrant) Farmer

There were those who felt that the Super Bowl ad didn't reflect all of today's reality of farming and farm work. Many of America's farms are actually tended to by huge groups of Latino Americans and immigrants, for whom the purchase of a Ram truck represents three full years of earnings.  

 

A group of enterprising Latinos took notice of this and decided to create their own version of the ad.

 

 

God Made a Factory Farmer
God Made a Factory Farmer
God Made a Factory Farmer
Unfortunately, most farming today is done by Big Ag and corporate farmers. In this version of the video, instead of depicting a bucolic existence, the voice describes a disturbing reality.

It presents a life of pesticides, farm subsidies, high fructose corn syrup, and immigrant labor.

And, thanks to Maria Rodale: God Made an Organic Farmer. While Maria's contribution is not yet in video format, it is a poetic contribution that truly resonates:   

Woman Farmer
God Created an Organic Farmer

 

And on the Eighth day, after she had rested, 

God remembered to make someone

To truly care for her creation.

 

So God made an organic farmer.

She shaped the living soil, and sculpted it with love

 

Then blew spirit and life into her body 

To give her strength and perseverance 

And love for the land.

 

Read the rest of Maria's version here

 

At GoodFood World, we truly believe that organic farmers on small and moderate-sized operations are our best opportunity for good food. Those farms may be run by families who have lived there for generations, by immigrant farmers new to their land, or by farmers who grow food on land they don't own, but lease. And to us, good food is grown with respect for the land, the animals, and the people who care for, harvest, and prepare our food. 

 

We don't limit our view of "good food providers" to farmers alone, we also tip our collective hats to millers, bakers, retailers, chefs, and others along the value chain. Those who prepare and minimally process the products our farmers contribute are nearly as important; they help get our food from farm to fork.  

 

There's more, keep reading! Get a cup of coffee and join us at GoodFood World, where we get to the source by talking to the people who produce, process, and deliver good food.

Citizen Scientist

Dave Christensen Dave Christensen has spent 40 years rescuing heirloom corn from extinction and breeding it to find or create the hardiest, most nutritious varieties. Someday, he hopes, it may feed millions.  

 

He grows multicolored heirloom corn on 12 different plots scattered across Montana. Mainly dried and ground, the kernels are highly nutritious and chock-full of antioxidants.   

 

This isn't supermarket corn, or even the stuff you spent the summer weeding, cultivating and irrigating. This is the real stuff, the food that helped keep Indians alive for thousands of years through droughts and frosts and summers that seemed like they'd never get started.

 

Read how Christensen, a self-taught plant breeder, is changing the way we eat in Citizen Scientist. By the way, you can see what cornbread made with Dave's corn looks like and even get some for yourself, in Goodness Grains - Cooking with Friends.  

Winter Farmers Market? Heck, Yes!

Chicken Entrance Only We all enjoy a Farmers Market on a beautiful spring or summer day, but going to market in the dead of winter? In the middle of a Montana winter? 

 

Kate Hilmer, our Good Food on a Budget columnist, visited a January winter market and discovered that there is bounty to be found, even when there's snow on the ground.  

 

And she discovered that the chickens have their own entrance!! With extra security! 

 

Read more in Winter Farmers Market? Heck, Yes! 

Farm Talk

Big MumboOur Minnesota shepherdess, Lea McEvilly, is back at her keyboard and filling us in on her sheep raising adventures - and misadventures.

We had an excellent year, reaching a 200% lamb crop again. However, we did lose a few lambs this year. "Big Mumbo" delivered quintuplets again, but only 3 survived.  

 

And I learned, the hard way, to "never trust what a feed salesman may tell you!"

 

Catch up by reading her latest installment here: Never Trust a Feed Salesman! Keep reading, there is more at Voices From the Farm!
The Reading List

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, John Navazio (Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2012)

 

The Organic Seed GrowerThe Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

 

Detailed profiles provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

 

(And - best of all - John is an all 'round really nice guy!) Read more here.
There are  more books on GoodFood World and more coming every week. Read, learn, and enjoy! 
The AV Department

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC)   

 

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) Without organic seed, we won't have organic vegetables; it's as simple as that.


Because big seed companies like Monsanto and Syngenta are buying up seed producers - AND organic seed producers - we will see fewer and fewer heirloom, locally developed, and "open pollinated" organic seeds for growers and gardeners.

 

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) was formed to bring together seed breeders and researchers and organic farmers to do something about it. Watch the video here. There are  more videos on GoodFood World and more coming every week.  

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