The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) Foundation and Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) have partnered together on an event to raise awareness related to the educational benefits of urban gardening and its impact to our schools and local community. The first annual “Farm to Table” dinner will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.
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It can seem insane to the farmer to be a farmer in July– when the flies are buzzing around your head like loud drunken satellites and you’re sweating like a mushroom on the grill, sharpening a stirrup hoe with one hand, reordering that devilish self-regenerating to-do list with the next, and then, with the third– Oh. Yeah. I’m always forgetting. We don’t have a third hand…
But I digress. All of this is just to say that when the going gets hot, I like to turn to Wendell Berry for a little bit of comfort about my life decisions. And this morsel never fails.
To be sane in a mad time
is bad for the brain, worse
for the heart.
– from the “The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment” in The Country of Marriage (1973)
And onward hoe!
Farm Aid 30 will be at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, September 19! Tickets on sale August 3 with (limited) discounted tickets available to farmers. There are plenty of ways for farmers, advocacy groups, and social media faries to get involved. More details: here!
If you aren’t familiar with Farm Aid yet, it’s a long-standing advocate of American farmers. Started with a benefit concert to help save family farms organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young in 1985, for the last 30 years the organization has been instrumental (har-har) in bringing attention to the marked decline of family farms, raising support for organic farming, and fighting for the survival of small and mid-range farmers.
Phil Ochs: come for the brilliantly funny song intros and stay for the revolution.