It’s a two day workshop for people who want to start small farms. It doesn’t just occur here in Arizona, the USDA has a beginning farmer program now that holds workshops in other states. The only one I can think of right now is Oklahoma. If you’re interested or know someone else who would be, go to start2farm and check it out.
Wow how a week flies by! This was one of our short excursions this week. We drove up on South Mountain outside Phoenix. That’s the Phoenix metroplex in the background. That’s Don in the middle of The Boys. They’re grown. <sigh> For some reason no matter how tall they get when I look at them I still see toddlers. It annoys them to no end. hahaha But I don’t care. We had such a good time.
I’ve been a bit overwhelmed trying to put up all the produce we’ve gotten from the Market on the Move and it’s only been three weeks. I admit to a touch of OCD. When I become really interested in something I become REALLY interested in something. It usually wears off in a week or two. I recently watched a film titled Dive! about people who live off of America’s waste. Sounds gross doesn’t it. But I’ve discovered some interesting facts about our food production and distribution systems.
Did you know that half of all the food prepared in the United States and Europe never gets eaten?
Or that if we recovered just 25% of that food we could feed 20 million people?
In the U.S. alone, we throw away 96 billion – with a B – pounds of food each year. I personally think that’s morally appalling. So I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my own food habits. Utilizing M.O.M allows me to not only save a buttload of money on produce, it lets me be a part of keeping 30 million pounds of produce out of our landfills.
Anyway, enough moralizing! 🙂
Here’s what I’ve been up to.
We got 55 pounds of produce this week, which brings our total so far to 123 pounds for our $100 donation.
We got green beans.
We got more corn, which I canned instead of freezing this time.
We got more squash which is still sitting on the counter waiting for friends to divvy up… and be cut up and frozen.
And we got more tomatoes of course. I am amazed at how many tomatoes it takes to make sauce.
And this is what I did all day Saturday. Seriously.