Farm Newsletter 06.20.16
When I ask folks, “Where in the world does your food come from?” I literally mean, what part of the world does your food come from. I was in Whole Foods the other day getting some supplies, mainly fruit and veggies as our first crop of fruits and veggies are not quite ready yet and I was reading the labels on the products. It went something like this, organic blackberries (From Mexico), organic bananas (from Ecuador), organic cabbage (from California), organic carrots (from California), grass-fed, Non-GMO cheese (from New Zealand), and grass-fed butter (from Ireland). I could go on but I don't want to belabor the point here and that is that we really don't know where and how our food is being produced.
For those who don't know my background in food and nutrition, after I got out of the Marine Corps, I battled with some health issues for a few years and it led me down a path revolving around a healthy lifestyle and the food I ate. As Angela and I moved back to California, I was accepted into the Nutrition and Dietetics program at California State University Long Beach and I felt honored. As the first year went by, my perspective on the Nutrition program shifted dramatically. After sitting in a nutrition class where the professor brought in representatives from Monsanto and the Corn Refiners Association spouting information about how GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and high fructose corn sugar were not as bad for people as they were made out to be, I saw that the program was not to teach us information to help people live healthy lives but to train students on what corporate entities wanted the students to learn. At that point I realized what a broken education system our country has developed into over the past century. The information students are being taught in this day and age from baby books to kindergarten through high school and into college up through medical school is all corporate sponsored crap. That's right, it's full of information that train students what to think and not how to think all in the interest of the corporate entities that pay school systems to teach this stuff.
So I got out of that program as fast as I was accepted, I moved to Florida to participate in an internship at Full Circle Farm, a beyond organic raw milk farm and I began my journey into farm scale food production. Prior to my move to FL, I had started gardening and getting involved in urban farming. It really set the stage for where we are today. When I went to Full Circle Farm in Live Oak, FL, I finished a degree in Health Science at Cal State: East Bay online so I could just finish and take that information and relay the realities of what younger generations are facing in school these days. I also made a vow to have a completely transparent farm where friends and customers could come and see how their food is being produced. Although we still buy some essential produce from local markets, we are growing our own garden and managing our orchard to sustain our family so we can eventually not have to go to a market at all. We are also looking to get involved in a vegetable CSA around but we haven't found one close enough yet that is feasible for our family to pick up on a weekly basis. If you have any suggestions on local CSA’s please emailus. I also encourage you to do the same. Get involved with local food production and support your local food producers.
Here at Nature’s Roots Farm, we strive to bring you the most nutrient dense foods, produced locally and provide other products from other local and like-minded farmers. We are in the middle of trying to get grass-fed cheese and butter from PA, which beats getting it from Ireland and New Zealand, so stay posted. Everyday is another opportunity to do better than the day before, grow personally and inspire the people around us to do the same.
Dairy Products: We have limited dairy products currently as we are only milking two cows however we have 5 cows that will be calving in the next two months and then we will have much more in stock. Be sure to submit your orders early each week to secure your dairy items.
Beef Products: As we mentioned last week we have updated our inventory to include various beef products. We will have limited items in stock for this month but will have more starting mid-next month so keep your eye out for these items to be added to the website.
Fresh, Wild Blackberries: We will have a few quarts of fresh, wild blackberries that we will pick this week for the Thursday delivery.
Thank you for your patronage in supporting a local small family farm.
The Bowen Family
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