The Roots of America

Washington and Jefferson were farmers as well as statesmen; America began as an agrarian nation and continued to be one until the Industrial Revolution.

But Olney Friends School, founded in 1837, has continued to focus on farming and academics. Its goal is to produce well-rounded citizens of Quaker faith, and many of the school’s graduates go on to four-year colleges.

It’s also America’s very first certified organic high school campus.

During this week of elementary through high school spring breaks across the State of Tennessee, take your kids out into nature, or visit a local greenhouse, start plants from seed, or have them dig in the dirt (or make a mud pie) and see what happens, you might be surprised.

To read more and get inspired: The High School Where Learning to Farm is a Graduation Requirement

Points to ponder ….      

                                                     Terri Jenkins-Brady
Team Blogger

A new breed of farmers

It’s an older video, from 2017, but its message is still very current. Our returning veterans are finding inner peace and settling back in to their hometowns going back to our grandfathers’ and great-grandfathers’ lives: by farming.

Lidia Bastianich and her comfortable, home-style cooking show on PBS went around our country, interviewing veterans who are also now farmers. They continue serving their communities in peacetime, becoming beekeepers, wine grape growers, inner city farmers, and urban crop producers showing neighborhood kids how common dirt and lots of labor produce food.

Here’s a link to her video, “Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

Perhaps a veteran in your family would be interested in growing food locally?

Points to ponder …                                                                          Terri Jenkins-Brady

There are solutions

It’s really amazing – and interesting – once you start looking around, to see how many creative solutions are being found and put to good effect around the world when it comes to solving how to give access to food for all, reducing the amount  of hungry, undernourished people.

I’m sure most of our readers have heard of/read “Diet for a Small Planet.” Finding an old but still valid article by the book’s author, Frances Moore Lappé, about a city in Brazil successfully combating hunger, gave extra credence to Belo Horizonte’s citizens and their ingenuity. They actually built a new food system from the ground up. Former city department manager Adriana Aranha calls for a “new social mentality”—the realization that “everyone in our city benefits if all of us have access to good food, so—like health care or education—quality food for all is a public good.”

They’ve attacked the food insecurity problem for a city of 2 ½ million people on multiple fronts. And their initiative would work for small towns, bigger cities, or any small community as well.

Here’s the article from YES! Magazine to read more: Food for Everyone

Points to ponder …    

                                                           Terri Jenkins-Brady