As you all know, I am very dedicated to supporting my local farmers as much as possible. But for me, living in the mountains and not really having local farmers that is a little harder to do. It is a learning process (one that I am very much still in the process of), Colorado may not be the biggest agricultural state, but by golly it is an agricultural state by some standards; mine included.
I am very proud to be a part of the agricultural business, I say it is in my blood. It must have skipped a generation (my Mom is not really into the whole animal/growing thing-ha!). See, my Grandparents were farmers in Iowa; they moved here to leave the farm life behind, I do believe. But somehow it is just inside some of us, and I can't help myself...when I collect the eggs I am fascinated with the smooth little jewels of various colors. And oh, my wonderful sheep that bleat for me if I am late to feed them...
And as for my packing llama string...I recently saw some pictures on Pinecam (our local gossip emag-ha!) of our ranch with Charlie Royal doing pack strings with horses...Well aren't we just going full circle? I wish I still had that much land Charlie...But anyway, the joy that they bring me and our visitors is unparalleled; we get to teach our guests about our area, our way of life, but even better yet, how to be good stewards of the environment!
So to me, being a farmer these days is a lot more than just throwing stuff in the ground or raising organic animals. It is about defending our rights to do so. And teaching people about why we are doing it that way. And why it is so important for us to raise heirloom varieties and heirloom chickens and sheep so that we don't have only one kind of corn or tomato or potato (and that there are still some nutrients in them). No matter which way you say it; tomato or tomahto, potato or potahto, if there is no variety it would still suck.
Needless to say I was really excited to hear about this documentary:
Farmageddon - Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.
Made by a Mom. Check it out, there are screenings in towns all over the USA, or you can buy the DVD. I have to wait for the movie....bummer!