Stirring the Pot

Last week Ric Cengeri’s Vermont Edition interview  with Lisa Kaiman at Jersey Girls Dairy  made us stop multi tasking. Ric’s simple probes and Lisa’s articulate answers made for a stealth piece and a beautiful window into the reality for small farms.

Lisa Kaiman and her cows, photo by Edible East End

We need your honest and vulnerable stories. Jane, Ric, Vermont Edition and Local Banquet teams and journalists more generally — keep documenting not only the resurgence of local food but also the recurring theme of struggle for farmers to earn a living, while otherwise living a deeply satisfying life. Four years ago Laura and I did our best to share an overview of how we experience these themes within our attempt at restoration of one hill farm as our drop in the bucket to sequester carbon and grow local resilience.

As young activists lead the nation and inspire, we also think of those of you who chug up the snowy, muddy roads to shop directly from farms or who don your own activist hats to help others in our communities to wake up and step up to the challenge of supporting local businesses, our optimism returns. Lisa is famous for stirring the pot and we want to give another nod to all of you who do the same… whether it be cheering, leading or simply voting with your forks and spoons.
Thanks for stirring.