I had the pleasure of dining last week with a half-dozen women who farm Colorado land. Over a delicious meal to which they certainly contributed, I got to find Common Ground with these farmers.
Less than 2% of our population provides food for 100% of our population.
— Ann Cross, CommonGroundCO
Ann is part of an organization that aims to “start conversations between women who grow food, and the women who buy it.” Here are a few morsels of my table’s conversations, primarily with a farmer named Sondra, who is rooted in Boulder County.
It takes 3 years plus one day after the last time you spray a chemically-based herbicide, pesticide, or fungicide applications to take a farm from conventional to organic. We also need to clean any conventionally used equipment fully, and maintain meticulous records for the USDA and other certifying authorities.
— Sondra, farmer of alfalfa, sugar beets, pinto beans, barley,
wheat, sunflowers (for oil), and bees
Sondra recently got into bee keeping and her eyes light up as she talks about her bees. She visibly droops as she talks about the one hive she lost with this year’s cool weather.
The lost hive was not as big as our other four and it couldn’t keep itself warm. Did you know you can touch a beehive and feel its warmth?
Jan, grower of alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, and wheat in Elbert County, brought this point home:
If you eat, you’re involved in agriculture.
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