I have some exciting news to share.
I will be one of two NYS constituents heading to DC for the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition‘s “Farmer Fly In” lobby days on March 5-7th to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill. More specifically, The Local Farms, Food & Jobs Act and The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act. I couldn’t be more excited, more nervous and more alive than when I think about the exciting venture of pounding the DC pavement to talk all about food.
Local food means local jobs.
Local food means a local economy with money staying in that community.
Local food means less land for McMansions and more land for farming.
Local food means less environmental footprint.
Local food means greater access to healthier, whole foods to its community.
Local foods means community; maybe its a Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday farmers market or on the farm conversation.
Local foods means a healthier community.
I am meeting with Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Gibson (my district, 20th) and Bill Owens (23rd District), and Richard Hanna (24th District) and their agricultural point people to share my personal local foods/farming story (working for KFF, starting this here blog/food swap/outreach/crazy) and thoughts about the importance of shifting Farm Bill monies from subsidies (corn, soybean, cotton) to programs that will further increase the local foods & farming infrastructure in NYS and the country as a whole. I
Where you, the reader of FSC, come in —–>Please let me know your thoughts and concerns and I can bring them to your representatives on the 6th & 7th. Email me, see me at the market, stop me on the street… I want to bring our reps your thoughts! Comment here, email me at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com, or talk to us on Facebook or Twitter. I will blog/tweet/Facebook my way through this crazy trip (I haven’t been away from my hubs & son for two years!!!!!!!), for now, get me your thoughts!
If you would like to read more about those bills I mentioned AND the members of the House & Senate that support or co-sponsor said bills, you can find more information on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Website:
The Local Farms, Food & Jobs Act
The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act
The Farm Bill in general
*A big THANK YOU to NOFA-NY for suggesting a member of From Scratch Club for this trip. I am so grateful for the opportunity.*
* All the glorious winter veggies seen here are from Kilpatrick Family Farm of course!