This year the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group is holding their annual conference in Little Rock. For anyone interested in sustainable agriculture this is the place to be in January!!! 47 Daisies is going to attend and be a part of the conference.......you should too!!! Check out their website for a complete list of presenters......even some from here in Louisiana
Its that time of year already!!! We doubled our garlic crop for next year....and are trying out some different varieties. A porcelain garlic (georgian crystal), a turban style garlic (chinese purple), a creole garlic (creole red) and an artichoke type garlic (susanville) have joined the mix for next season!!!! In addition we are testing out leek and onion transplants this year. We planted 400 leek transplants a couple of weeks ago and they seem to be doing well. In addition we planted a ton of onion transplants for next years onion crop (yellow, white and red varieties).
We also planted another round of sunchokes (a.k.a. jersusalem artichokes). We threw in about double what we had last year. These should be ready some time in mid summer (July or August).
We continue to sow crops in the beds although the outside sowings will be coming to an end soon (within a month or so)......but the high tunnel is officially finished and we will begin sowing the high tunnel hopefully this weekend!!!!! Can't wait to experiment with the latest addition to 47 Daisies!
--Happy Fall.....Pray we start getting some rain soon!!
October 24th is National Food Day, start planning your celebration now!! The purpose of Food Day is to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We are all about this celebration! :)
The six food day principles are:
-Reduce diet related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
-Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
-Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
-Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
-Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
-Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
There are big and small ways to celebrate this day and start to make a difference. Small ways would be to plan a local, sustainable meal. A great way to get started with this would be with our produce! :) If you aren't already on the list for the current week by week CSA, email us! You could also buy fair trade coffee as opposed to the big name brands. Plan to cut out junk food for the week to promote healthy eating.
Larger ways to become involved and celebrate could be organizing a dinner and invite friends to join! Spreading the word is a great place to start a movement. Talk to your child's school about serving healthier foods on their lunch menu...or talk to your favorite restaurant about purchasing foods locally.
The possibilities are endless!! Comment here or on Facebook (or both) about how you plan to celebrate Food Day! We look forward to your ideas.
Read more about Food Day here: www.foodday.org
Dylan and Harmony and Jennifer, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )