Re: food exchanges (off topic)
- Gee, Napi......this is a bit discouraging.....but not surprising. It
is sad that all the groups you worked with before sold out to others
until it all came down to corporate guys in suits. Isn't that just
what happened with so many of the family farms? I guess each group
figured someone else would step up to provide the quality they had
It sounds like the process of bringing in food will need to be done
more underground somehow. As you point out it is a while before next
year's gardens. Do you have greenhouses?
I have been wondering if there is any process now with the mail
service regarding the Homeland Security issues here.....and possibly
some other entity abroad.....that might cause harm to the food stuffs
mailed. Would XRaying mail/packages cause harm to the food stuffs?
I have never tried mailing much food myself. Does someone on this
list have more experience with it?
- I suggest looking in your local area for organic foods. Since you
probably know about what you buy each year, you could think about
perhaps contracting with someone to grow the organic produce you need
for your school and other uses. Personally, I think the longer
distance that something is shipped, the less organic it is.
Another idea is to put some effort into jumpstarting a local food
system in your area. In May 2002, I put up the website
www.oklahomafood.org and began looking for local food resources. This
past Friday, we started selling memberships in our local food order
delivery service. People are involved in every part of the state.
There are lots of opportunities for people to start organic no till
market gardens. About 50 miles southeast of OKC there is a small
rural community about to lose 600 jobs when a Wrangler factory moves
to Mexico. We are doing an outreach to those workers to encourage
them to start no till organic market gardens as a way to create their
own secure local jobs.
Letter to Wrangler workers http://www.oklahomafood.org/workers.htm
Info about our local food delivery service we are organizing
(All this organizing work is one reason I haven't been posting much
Robert Waldrop, okc
From: Robin, Maya, or Napi <seafloorgarden@...>
> We like the food exchange idea also. It has been hard for us topursue. Is
>anyone else part of a food buying network who can tell us how it isgoing for
>them locally these days?
- Good Morning, All,
< We like the food exchange idea also. It has been hard for us to pursue. Is
anyone else part of a food buying network who can tell us how it is going for
them locally these days?>
we have a local food coop selling in order of priority
local( our island ) organic produce and meats
local non certified produce and meats
vancouver island produces and meats ...
British colombia " '' '' '' '' '' '' '' '''''''''
it is a coop who is own by producers and customers together . since it is open it encourage many local peoples to grow more foods knowing they don't have to worry with the big competition , any produces brought there is almost guaranteed to be bought.
< In our organic food cooperative in Richmond, Virginia, we have been having
difficulty with trying to arrange a monthly truck shipment of fresh produce
because of various state licenses & the sales tax imbroglio. If all we served
at this school were native plants, it would be easier to work out. Since we
give our children exotics like citrus fruit & bananas that we will not be able
to grow here, nomatter how lush our summer garden, we must now arrange for a new
because of this kind of nightmare i am proposing one to one exchange to bypass any kind of organisation ( governements included ) that burden our life with stupid reglementations.
those rules are not stupids in fact but have a purpose that is not the one we have chosen for ourselves here.( nature's rules )the purpose of spinning out center toward more and more artificiality .
at the scale of our little coop ( 250 members may be )there is allready lot of those crappy reglementations like certified kitchens that stop producers to makes more products.( i can't sell my dry salmon there and that is good because i want to send it to who appreciate its value )
we got to go underground as gloria suggested .that is where beautifull plants can root.no positive changes to expect from the way up to down .
< Would you accept shipment of a purportedly organic product from this list,
without third-party certification? I might personally, but we could not in good
conscience feed the children with food from an un-visited source.
i will, because trusting one personal contact is more easy to me than trusting any kind of certifications program ( i have been a certified organic grower ) .
that is the beauty of the system of direct exchange we don't need proof because we have no interest in cheating .
when i send products dried at low temperature as most of my "food exhanges "relations want , i better be true , because they don't send me money that can hide any thing , but real foods that i judge by myself the quality . i don't need a third party to decide for me what is good quality ,my tongue know the difference . It is parcticuliarly true for us who eat undenatured unseasonned raw foods ,we notice when the food is denatured in one way or an other .
by the way for the nuts exchange i would like to happen i want nuts dried at low tempreature at any time of the process ( below 35 degre celsius ) no washing either of shells as i believe a natural oil film seal the nuts , left by the rotting husk wshing too carefully or too long of soaking will makes the shell porous letting air more possibilty to oxydise the nuts .
i quickly rince walnuts when the husk have left too much stuff as it will facilitate too much molds during the drying . most ofetne i don't need because i husk at the right time .
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