death grip

death grip

Being the owner of a small business on Main Street in an impoverished, rural community the issue of shopping local is one that is close to my heart. It pains me to see this giant retailer taking the lion’s share of profits from our food system. Farmers and growers deserve to be paid for their hard work and dedication year after year and we deserve to be able to afford good, healthy food. Food is life sustaining, using our dollar to speak to what we want and deserve in food is one of the most important daily decisions I believe we make. Consider really making the commitment to shop local and keep your dollars where they belong, in the community that creates them. Farmers markets and locally owned grocery stores are the answer to this growing problem, we better fix this before it is too late.

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First snowshoeing experience

First snowshoeing experience

This holiday weekend I had my first snowshoeing experience, I am hooked. The boyfriend and I left the two little monsters behind and started climbing. I think he was not so sure I would be able to hack it and was taking the easy way around the mountain, we ended up climbing to the top of Sherman Peak. Snowshoeing is just a fabulous cure for those nasty winter blues, we left town in the valley covered in clouds and found the sun in the mountains. We were out there for about four and a half hours and decided there certainly needs to be more hinking in our lives. Looks like snow camping is next on the “to do” list. We both have a lot to learn before I am willing to pack a tent into the woods, in the snow, and expect to come out alive. In the meantime there is always the sunshine at the top of Sherman.

Just another reason to pursue that “backyard chicken”

http://www.foodrenegade.com/tyson-pushes-organic-farmer-off-his-property/

 

This article, and others like it,  is indeed a reason to be upset with Tyson, as so many of the comments in all the links suggest. However, we should have already been upset with Tyson! This is not new news or new behavior. If you don’t already know that the meat you find on most grocery store shelves is not an acceptable thing to put in your mouth or to spend your money on, then you have not been paying attention. I haven’t allowed a piece of the Tyson empire to cross my lips in a decade. Every single thing you spend that hard earn dollar on is a vote. Spread the word.

But, I like to use information like this as motivation. Motivation to learn to raise my own chickens. The dramtic change required in our food system is not the kind that will come easily. Honestly, I’d like to see the whole thing completely colapase and we could all start from scratch.  But in the meantime, the goal is to have the flock in place this spring….

 

Grist

Aubretia Edick has worked at a Walmart store in upstate New York for 11 years, but she won’t buy fresh food there. Bagged salads, she claims, are often past their sell-by dates and, in the summer, fruit is sometimes kept on shelves until it rots. “They say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ but they don’t. As a cashier, you hear a lot of people complain,” she said.

Edick blames the problems on the store’s chronic understaffing and Walmart’s lack of respect for the skilled labor needed to handle the nation’s food supply. At her store, a former maintenance person was made produce manager. He’s often diverted to other tasks. “If the toilets get backed up, they call him,” she said.

Tracie McMillan, who did a stint working in the produce section of a Walmart store while researching her forthcoming book, The American Way of Eating, reports much the…

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