Lunch on the Farm

October 8, 2017 @ Ecolibrium Farms

The ideal circumstance for efficient digestion would go a little like this: You begin preparation of your meal with your family by going our to your own garden and picking fresh vegetables. You see fresh food and vibrant colors, and completely appreciate all the time and effort that has gone into growing it. The appreciation would not be limited to yourself and your family who tended the garden, but of course also to Nature—for the plants’ efforts and the miracle of the sun, the soil, and the seed all coming together to create this beautiful food. You bless the food first and then eat the food over thoughtful conversation, or listening to music that is conducive to good digestion.
— Melina Meza, Art of Sequencing

We began in the fields with this reading.  We wandered and gathered, whatever looked good.  We brought it all to the table by the fire and made up a menu together.  Some washed, some chopped, some nibbled, some stirred the pot.  We sat down late afternoon to our feast - radishes, bread, butter, soup, salad, wine - and with each other.   

When was the last time you were on a farm?  we asked each other.  The answers led us here and there and everywhere.  We showed up mostly strangers and left friends.  

The New Foodieism

July 2017 @ our summertime haunts

IMG_3516.JPG

Our summer reading includes Mark Bittman's new weekly column at grubstreet.com.  His thoughts on foodies in The New Foodieism felt like a vision statement for what we are working on at The Seattle Digest.  Here's an excerpt.

These are food issues. Six of the eight worst-paying jobs in the U.S. involve food. When “foodies”       (I don’t mind the term, but it’s gotta mean more than talking about eating) address these issues in the food community, directly or indirectly, we do work that helps everyone. To be a foodie now is to know that we must protect the rights of farm workers, retail workers, restaurant workers, immigrants, anyone who is harassed at work and/or at home (mostly women), and laborers who make minimum wage or less, often without benefits.

The work of real foodies includes farming, battling for universal free (and good) school lunches, struggling to close CAFOs, increasing access to fruits and vegetables, reclaiming land from monoculture, and way more.

We have to discuss diet, environmental, and farming issues. We have to address these issues in the context of making sure all people can afford good food, as well as in the contexts of public health, general well-being, and the means to care for the earth. Better wages are essential, but let’s include income inequality, guaranteed basic income, and a no-questions-asked safety net in the conversation.

This is all interrelated. You can’t address nutrition issues without addressing agriculture, because as long as there’s monoculture, there will be junk food. And you can’t fix agriculture without addressing immigration and labor. You can’t fix immigration and labor inequality without empowering women and so-called minorities, or without rationalizing both energy and agriculture.