Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hey folks I learned late yesterday from Robin Milcowitz of the Tampa Urban Food Forum that my entry to the Chipotle 'What Food Means To Me' essay contest DID in fact win!! I'd thought not since I'd not heard from Chipotle. So today at 5:30 at the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City I get to meet incredible farmer Joel Salatin, attend his presentation and book signing, see friends and meet interesting new people like I always do the Roosevelt events, AND get to feast on fresh local foods prepared by THREE local chefs!!! Robin offered to refund the $35 I'd spent to attend just his talk but this event IS a fund raiser for TUFF, Dancing Goat Farm and other wonderful local folks and organizations so I declined. Learning of rotational grazing by seeing Joel in 'Fresh' and 'Food Inc' two years ago has completely eliminated formerly NIGHTMARISH weed problems I had in my back gardens year after year by simply a couple of times per year letting the flocks of chickens and ducks into a given area a short while to eat the weeds, their seeds and seedlings after years of fruitless sweaty pulling and cursing....I so look forward to thanking him in person for that gift. I'm giving him an envelope of seeds of one of my favorite summer veggies, Molokhia (Corchorus olitorius) in case he's never tried it on Polyface Farms. I daily am aware of, and give thanks for, the many blessings in my life, but today is a special day indeed!

1 comment:

  1. We enjoyed meeting you, John. Hopefully, we were among the "...interesting new people you met..." on 4/19/12. We observed that you knew LOTS of folks attending the event. How nice that you planned your own gift of seeds to give Joel Salatin, and that you planned your own thanks to him for a useful farming method he shared with you in the past! Giving thanks makes our life more meaningful. So nice to meet you! Mary & Steve