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We don’t make a habit of making political endorsements here at Devotay, but the race for Secretary of Agriculture is so near & dear to what we do that we just had to take a stand. If you agree with Devotay’s mission for local, sustainable food, you’ll want Francis Thicke in that office. This is not a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic issue. This is about giving control of the farms back to the farmers. It’s about good old fashioned Iowa self-reliance. Please share this video and vote for Francis Thicke for Secretary of Agriculture.
Contributions are welcome at his website, please support this important campaign.
Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century
Sunday, October 24, 2-4pm
Tapas at Devotay
With Francis Thicke as Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa will re-invigorate it’s rural agricultural economy while protecting our natural resources, moving Iowa toward healthy, local and sustainable food production and development of self-sufficient farm-scale sustainable energy. Enjoy some locally-grown foods and shake hands with Francis on Sunday Oct. 24th, and learn what you can do to effect positive change in Iowa’s food system.
Donations are welcome, whether you are able to attend or not (of course we hope you do!)
- cornfield green $25
- pasture green $50
- woodland green $200
- prairie grass green $250
Advance Donations at www.Act Blue.com/page/meetfrancisthicke
All across the country this past Labor Day, folks gathered for picnics. That’s no surprise, of course. After all, it was a holiday, and the weather was grand across nearly the whole continent. But there was something unique about one group of picnics; 307 of them to be exact, in all 50 states. They were dubbed “Eat-Ins” (modeled on the sit-ins of the ‘60s), and they were a call to action by Slow Food USA
At those picnics, including one right here in Iowa City, more than 20,000 people gathered around tables in parks and farms and school grounds to tell Congress to fix the School Lunch Program. Most of the discussions at these events and in the press afterwards centered on improving the food itself through increased Federal spending and local food initiatives. But there was another topic directly relevant to Labor Day: the call to create green jobs with a “School Lunch Corps.”
I had the pleasure the other day of visiting ZJ Farms, the anchor of Local Harvest CSA, which is one of the biggest in the area. Farmer (and pillar of the local food scene hereabouts) Susan Jutz has been running this organic farm for all the years I’ve been buying food around here. A walk on her farm gives you an understanding of the paintings of Grant Wood.
In case you’re unfamiliar, CSA means community-supported agriculture—a new name for what family-scale farming used to be. These days it works very much like a magazine subscription. You pay up front, usually in the late winter when the farmer really needs it, and in return you share in the bounty throughout the season. In these parts the season lasts roughly 20 weeks, so for each of those weeks we’ll receive a box full of all the fresh goodness that’s in season right then, usually picked that same morning.