This past week the World Dairy Expo was held in Madison Wisconsin. It’s been a really tough few years for dairy farmers for all the reasons you can imagine. If farmers were looking for hope from our Secretary of Agriculture, they surely left feeling more than disappointed. Many are expressing outrage. What they heard, what we all ultimately heard from Sonny Perdue was “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.” Farmers and farm groups are responding loud and clear. Johanna Rupprecht of Land Stewardship Project had this to say, “The most important thing to remember, of course, is that the message isn’t true. Nothing is inevitable about factory farm dairies. Nothing is inevitable about the current course of U.S. agriculture. We’ve gotten to the point we’re at because of deliberate choices that have not only allowed, but heavily subsidized and supported, the big to get bigger and push out the small.” And Danielle Endvick of WI Farmers Union wrote this: “I sense a fire growing in the belly of the family farmers I meet in my work with Farmers Union. Farmers are weary. But there’s a growing flicker that’s starting to feed a change in the narrative. No more will they be spoon-fed a top-down vision for rural America. Instead, I see a drive for a farmscape where fair prices, local food systems, clean water, and land conservation are at the heart of farm policy.” It’s going to take imagination and creativity and lots of hard work. It’s going to take organizing and pushing hard for a different set of priorities and policies. Farmers can’t do this alone, but working together, we can create change!
In Your Bag:
Winter squash – butternut
Peppers – poblanos (dark green) sweet red & yellow
White Russian Kale
Schedule for the End of the Season
NO DELIVERIES OCT. 15th & 18th
Final Bag: Tuesday, Oct. 22/Friday, Oct. 25
Every other week shares, please check the schedule sent by e-mail: If you are getting a bag THIS week (Oct. 8/11), this is your last bag of the season. Thank you so much for your support this season! If you are NOT scheduled to get a bag this week, your final bag will be delivered on October 22/25. If you have questions, please ask!
Harvest Dinner Saturday, Nov. 2nd!
Mark your calendar now for Saturday evening, November 2nd, 5:30-8pm. We’ll gather and celebrate with a potluck dinner at Cabrini Church in Minneapolis, 1500 Franklin Avenue SE, 55414
Harvesters for October 22 and October 25
Tuesday, October 22 – Kathleen Sullivan/Mark Ambroe, Peggy Rader, Peggy Steif Abram Dan Barras and Candace Malisow, Heather & Brett Struwe, Mark Werley
Friday, October 25 – Lynn Cibuzar, Aurelia Wills, Pat Jones/Allen Gibas, David & Alice Musielewicz & Pam Morgan, Wendy Fassett