Feeding the Village First

Spring is finally here!

And that means gardening season isn’t far behind.

Even though we’re still enjoying the fruits of last year’s garden, be it frozen (beans, brussels sprouts, etc.), canned (tomatoes, tomato juice, carrots, pickles, etc.) and fresh (carrots and onions), I can’t wait to get some dirt under my fingernails.

I’ve been an organic gardener for quite a few years, using only substances that don’t contain chemicals to control bugs and animals.

Others may get better yields and have nicer-looking plants, but knowing the food I’m eating is chemical-free gives me a certain peace of mind.

With that in mind, I’m looking forward to attending an event at 3 p.m. March 29 at the UND Student Union in Grand Forks called Feeding the Village First. I found out about the event via e-mail from Betsy Perkins at the Grand Forks Food Co-op.

Feeding the Village First i’s a discussion that will led by Terry Jacobson, founding father and Poet Laureate of Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture, group committed to the promotion of ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable food systems.

Feeding the Village First suggests “local community economies are healthiest when they are as self-reliant as possible, especially where food and agriculture are concerned.”

According to Betsy, this is an opportunity for thought-provoking dialogue. For copy of Feeding the Village First”, click on www.npsas.org/position/feeding.html. Funding has been provided by the Bush
Foundation.

For some tasty recipes, go the Herald food page.

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