This week on episode 002 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast you hear an update on Shine Springs Farm fall veggie garden, comments on Eliot Coleman’s hypothetical ad describing the ideal small farm, Sheree’s comments on the importance of real food to personal health and the affordability of real food.
Big shout-out this week to Tammy of Agrigirl’s Blog for sharing the Shinecast on Facebook last week. Be sure to check out her blog on “Life, Leadership and Community Supported Agriculture.” It’s great.
As mentioned in Episode 001, on September 1 Sheree direct-sowed a wide variety of fall vegetables in Ollie’s Garden on Shine Springs Farm: Rainbow Swiss Chard, kale, two varieties of leeks, two varieties of carrots, two varieties of fall radishes, kohlrabi, golden turnips, pak choi, and a perimeter crop of buckwheat. Despite several days of intermittent heavy rains leftover from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, the seeds are germinating and sprouting.
Eliot Coleman’s book The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener is a valuable resource for organic growers. At the end of Chapter 2, Coleman provides a hypothetical real estate ad for the ideal small farm. Sheree compares this ad to the resources available on Shine Springs Farm and acknowledges her parents for carefully stewarding the land.
Real food is one of the two main factors that control a person’s health–exercise is the other. Real food is not synonymous with certified organic food. Real food refers to food that is not processed or minimally-processed (like flash frozen fruit and vegetables, or packaged dried beans or even kale chips). Real food is not expensive and it’s easy to prepare. We need an emphasis on real food if we’re ever going to deal with the healthcare crisis that’s going to bankrupt us. One key to returning to real food is learning how to buy and prepare (if not grow) real food.
Sheree gives an example of real food with her recipe for Collard Green & White Bean Soup that yields at least 8 bowl-sized servings of massively-nutritious food for less than 50 cents per serving.
In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold writes about a “land ethic”:
The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.
That’s at the heart of the philosophy that guides Shine Springs Farm.
Episode 3 will feature an interview with Margaret Purcell of Katie Farms in Coker, Alabama. Margaret and her husband, Jon Fleenor, raised free-range chickens, fruits and vegetables and Scottish Highlands cattle. You don’t want to miss this episode.
I’d love to hear your feedback and comments on the Shine Springs Farm podcast, including suggestions for future topics. If you’re so inclined, a review on iTunes would be helpful. Or just comment here about real food.
Music snippets in episode 002 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast are from the Natch 1 album by The Black Twig Pickers & Steve Gunn used under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, with attribution. Check out The Black Twig Pickers on Facebook.
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Do you agree or disagree that real food is a key to health? What are your thoughts? Would love to hear your comments in the comment sections below (scroll down if you don’t see it).