First Podcast, Food Security Tips & Massie's Bills
Jen is awesome, her farm and animals are amazing! I love visiting all the birds (there must be 200 roaming around), talking with Jen and packing home some of her wonderful food.
PS. If you are a real food farmer or foodie or alternative health expert or just have some good KY stories to tell, I’d love to talk to you — hit reply and let’s see about that!
Tips for Getting Started on Food Security
#1 Stop listening to the doomsayers on TV & social media who are reporting on the future in the scariest way possible. We KNOW what’s happening, right? Don’t need to be any more scared. That helps nothing.
So here’s what we foodies gotta do: support your local farmer starting now before there are any serious food shortages. Keep in mind our farmers have their families to feed in a situation, so get to know and support them NOW.
HOW TO FIND LOCAL FARMERS:
This was the toughest part of being a new Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader: how do you find farmers? I’ve learned a few things over the years, here’s what I do.
Find the closest farmer’s market to you and shop there, get to know your farmers. Like, don’t just buy a rutabaga and walk away… Ask about their farming practices, admire the goods, shake hands, take a card, give one of yours.
Ask at your local health food store. They should know farmers.
Join our Facebook group Real Food KY and ask in there: “Hi, my name is Janet, I live in Podunk, KY. Is there a raw milk farmer around there?”
If you live in our food club’s service area (Morehead to Lexington), join the food club, let us do the heavy lifting.
Join or help me start a food hub near you. Just hit reply and I’ll be in touch to get the ball rolling. (In fact, the first KFIC Hub is open at Bean’s Cafe in Dry Ridge!)
Grow some food. Anything. An herb in your kitchen window. A Chicago hardy fig tree. If you have a backyard and you are “allowed”, get a couple of chickens. They are completely entertaining and pop out an egg almost every day. Or quail which pop out a tiny egg every day :)
What can I add to this list?
Got Seeds, Got Soil, Got Piglets?
Just do it. Once you get started, it’s empowering to grow your own food, to buy real unprocessed food from your local farmer. Suddenly, your food supply is out of the system and not totally dependent on what happens in the rest of the world.
WAPF Coming Up!
The Wise Traditions Conference is close this year: in Knoxville!!! Check it out here. The speaker list is UH-mazing.
Hal and I will be there with a few KY friends. Who on this list is going? Let’s be sure to meet up!
John Stossel is his usual smart alec self in this short video: “Where’s The Beef? Ask The Feds!”. We need that Prime Act asap!
Speaking of which, Ky farmer and Congressman Thomas Massie now has two bills on the table to help farmers and foodies gain better access to good clean food.
The first is H.R.3835 PRIME Act which expands the exemption of custom slaughtering of animals from federal inspection requirements. We need this one asap, particularly in light of the shortage of slaughterhouses.
The second is H.R.4835 Interstate Milk Freedom Act which prohibits federal regulation of the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk or milk products packaged for direct human consumption under specified circumstances.
FD = Freeze Dried
The KFIC (Ky Food Independence Club) has freeze-dried foods on the site now! Plus goat’s milk, bath bombs, quail eggs, and lots more beef, pork and chicken offerings, too. Check it out here.
This is Sheri Quinn’s backyard garden! Please share your farm & garden photos — we’d love to see them. Who doesn’t like looking at pictures of food, livestock, gardens, compost — whatever is growing on a farm :)