Saturday, July 4, 2009

Essentials for a Lifetime

This morning I started reading the editorial of one of my favorite publications, "Small Farmer's Journal." Lynn Miller has a way with his words--he is not afraid to publish his truths, radical they may read to some, he writes it anyway. I found my self immersed in his comments on food, the economy, and our complicated government systems. His words seemed familiar. It wasn't until I was 1/3 of the way through the piece that I realized it was the last issue--I had already read these words. But they were no less strong nearly 5 months later, and no less pertinent to my life's work and the work of many others in this country and world.

D Acres has a little article in this most recent issue. It is a basic overview of what we do here, and sheds a little perpective on our farming life and community. It is by no means comprehensive or ripe with the activism that we sometimes feel here. The kind of stuff that Lynn feels when he writes about HOW to leave "today's commerce-driven society":

By taking charge of our lives, by returning to the basics of a self-sufficient existence, by "re-villaging" into communities of like-minded individuals, by growing some, if not all, of your own food, by rejoining the biological world and demanding of applied science that it truly serve humanity and the planet, by rejecting sadism, gluttony, and ingratitude, by disonnecting from electronics and chemistry which deaden us.

It's an honor to me that D Acres has a little article in the Journal. I hope we are able to submit in the future, and really live up to the kind of farmers Lynn Miller is calling for--the self-sufficient farmer that provides "some measure of their own food, shelter, and heat" (and I will add, medicine) and calling that "essential." For it is.

Last month, I was proud to announce the anticipated release of the 2009 Local Food Guide. A listing of farms in the county, what they offer and where folks can get their products. The pictures above celebrate the Launch Event Spectacular held in downtown Plymouth on the Common on June 6th. We want more events likes this--bringing community, family, food, goods, and services onto the same "green." Because we are all involved with each other in some shape or form--to help provide for those "essential" human needs.

Please come celebrate, and help make some good times at D Acres homestead. The Summer is in full bloom for sure and bursting with food and medicine. Visit us anytime! For Pizza Night! For Soup Night! For Farm Feast Breakfast! Bring your friends and family too.

with the warm energy of the Summer Sun,

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