The discussion we have so frequently about where our food comes from… I know you know your food comes from farms and ranches, but I’m wondering what’s the last touch point before it gets to you. So this poll is a bit easier than most…. and you can select more than one answer! But to make it easier to show trends, I do want to ask folks to stay to their top two or three. In this case the spices in the window box don’t count for me to say I’m producing my own food.
As you think about some of the options, let me give me some of the connections that come most quickly to my mind:
- Amy & John Rediess are the butchers behind John’s Custom Meats in Smith’s Grove, Kentucky. They also raise some of their won beef. Amy is one of the folks I met early on in talking through ag topics on Twitter. They have an active social media presence — and she’s willing to provide a lot of perspective from the butcher/specialty side of things. You can read their blog and get a feel for some of the info she shares. Their Facebook page keeps you up on the day-to-day. Her twitter feed can be seen (and usually a few smiles result from) as @KYFarmersMatter.
- Jan Hoadley has a small farm operation called Slow Money Farm. She’s got a wide range of things she produces on her farm — herbs, vegetables, chickens, rabbits, etc. She has an active social media presence too and is looking forward to increasing her knowledge on how to be come more effective in the upcoming Agvocacy 2.0 training by the AgChat Foundation. Jan’s blog shows some of the wide diversity of being on a small farm. She’s also got an active Twitter feed as @SlowMoneyFarm.
- I actually worked for a grocery store through high school and college. I can remember stocking things on the shelves for sales, ringing folks up at the cash register, even bagging and carrying out the groceries to cars. Growing up in Memphis, grocery stores were not only the way we got the vast majority of our food, its ingrained in our history. I learned early that the grocery stores we have today are modeled after a revolution by Claurence Saunders when he created Piggly Wiggly. You can read a bit about that history on their website and if you come to visit me in Memphis, we can go to the house Saunders built which is now the museum called the Pink Palace.
Okay…. I’ve given you clues about a few of the choices in poll… I know very few of us get our food from one place, so on the poll I’m making it so you can pick up to three answers!