One reporter and a photographer from the San Jose Mercury Newspaper (SJ Mercury) came to the farm yesterday and spent an hour touring, photographing, and asking lots of questions about urban/suburban farming. Overall the questions were fair and the reporter wanted to know all the basic questions like: why plant food in your front yard? Has the city, county, or the neighbors objected? Any problems with integrating honey bees into a suburban environment? I was a bit surprised the reporter did not know anything about community supported agriculture (CSA), but I explained to her what the future Yummy Tummy Farms CSA might look like. We talked about the Yummy Tummy Farms and we are trying to tie everything we do back to our core values of promoting suburban farming, becoming more self sustainable, and reclaiming domesticity. Here is a short list of the topics we discussed: The development of a Learning Annex, teaching classes and workshops, the Apprenticeship Program, local organic craft food production: honey, jams, sauces, spice mixes, rubs, brine blends, dried fruit, dried vegetable chips, community foraging events, food preservation, biodynamic farming principles, influencing our neighbors, farm/garden consultation, farm/garden/landscape construction, food/nutrition coaching, cooking school, and very near and dear to my heart is teaching children where real food comes from as a small step to combating the epidemic that is obesity and diabetes.
The reporter stated that the article should appear in the SJ Mercury next Friday 6/29/12. Let’s get ready for a rush of interest in suburban farming so that those of us who are really committed and interested can be ready for any opportunities that might arise as a result. This has the potential to be very gainful for many people in our community, are you ready for your good fortune? If so, drop me an email and let me know.
Harvesting Healthy Happiness,