FACTOIDS/NEWS BRIEF (small items to be used as filler thru out) Handle a book as a bee does a flower—extract its sweetness, but do not damage it. --John Muir

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they donâ€TMt they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. -Ray Bradbury
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” - Jim Bishop Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. - Franz Kafka Growing food was the first activity that gave us enough prosperity to stay in one place, form complex social groups, tell our stories, and build our cities. - Barbara Kingsolver In the fullness of Love blossoms the beautiful, fragrant flower of compassion.- Amma Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we're always home, anywhere.- Glinda, the Wizard of Oz Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. - Dr. Seuss All works of love are works of peace. - Mother Teresa Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all. - Helen Keller Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.- Robert Louis Stevenson Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.- Dorothy Day Not all those who wander are lost.- J.R.R. Tolkien Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.-Ray Bradbury How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look. - Joyce Carol Oates - Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. - Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - May the beauty you love be what you do. Rumi - For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.- Carl Sagan - For it is in giving that we receive.- Saint Francis of Assisi - In so many neighborhoods, if people want to buy a head of lettuce or salad or some fruit for their kid's lunch, they have to take two or three buses, maybe pay for a taxicab, in order to do it.- -Michelle Obama- - The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. - W.B. Yeats -

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. - Charles Dickens A good community is a good local economy. It depends upon itself for many of its essential needs and is thus shaped, so to speak, from the inside. - Wendell Berry - Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. - Socrates There is no sincerer love than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw - Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein -different language is a different vision of life. - Federico Fellini -

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” - Ruth Stout Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr. - Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all. - -Emily Dickinson- - Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead - For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. - Carl Sagan -No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”~Margaret Atwood Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. -- Herman Hesse With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things. -- William Wordsworth When we show our respect for other living things, they show respect for us. -- Arapho Proverb Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. -- Socrates

 

Farmers Markets Are Crucial to Community. Here's Why:

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. -- Buddha We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations. -- David Brower Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me. -- Immanuel Kant For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. -- Carl Sagan When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson How do you say "thank you" for sunshine or health...for clear days or gentle rains...for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live. -- Thomas D. Willhite Beauty is whatever gives joy. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. -- Albert Einstein I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap. -- Ani DiFranco The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. -- Masanobu Fukuoka It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. -- Irish proverb

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ~Thomas Edison “...and in her starry shade of dim and solitary loveliness, I learn'd the language of another world.” ~Lord Byron

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is. -- Will Rogers

Approximately  25% of vendors at farmers markets derive their sole source of farm income from farmers market sales. Localized research also reveals that incomes earned by vendors at farmers markets are considerable and are important to their livelihoods. - Farmers Market Coalition

A Few Good Reasons to Save Farmland
from American Farmland Trust 
86 percent of America's fruits and vegetables, and 63 percent of our dairy products come from urban and suburban areas under the threat of development. Well managed farmland shelters wildlife, supplies scenic open space, helps filter impurities from our air and water, and has the opportunity to help solve some of our country's most pressing environmental problems. The U.S. food and farming system contributes nearly $1 trillion to the national economy-or more than 13 percent of the gross domestic product-and employs 17 percent of the labor force.

“In summer, the song sings itself.” ~William Carlos Williams “When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health tht I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. --Margaret Atwood
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. --Ruth Stout

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. --Charles Dickens
“A man cannot despair if he can imagine a better life, and if he can enact something of its possibility.” ~ Wendell Berry You can't count the apples in a seed. ~Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog “In a way, winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” ~Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist Because small farms are more tightly linked with other local businesses, the money they earn will stays longer and circulates more in the local economy. 'Closer To Home,

The label with the most appeal to consumers was “locally grown by family farmers”. ~The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture The University of Illinois Extension Office estimates that 30 to 35 million trees are cut for Christmas trees each year. Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~ Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!  ~ Charles N. Barnard No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~ Robert Kirby Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~ Dennis Miller

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~Henry David Thoreau “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow.” Robert Louis Stevenson “To see things in the seed, that is genius.” ~Lao-tzu “In all things of nature is something of the marvelous.” ~Aristotle “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence

“The heart shaped basil leaf is a symbol of love in Italy.”

The Greek word for basil means royal or kingly. It was believed that only the king himself should harvest this herb, and only with the use of a golden sickle. "It will not always be summer: build barns." - Hesiod 800 B.C. There were more than 20 farmers markets in 2011 for each one that existed in 1970, and the number of community-supported agriculture (CSA) operations has grown in a few decades to over 4,000, according to a recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” ~Thomas Jefferson A ladybug may eat as many as 5,000 aphids during its lifetime. ~Farmers Almanac In search of my mother's garden, I found my own. ~Alice Walker

To deter squash bugs from attacking pumpkin vines, plant catnip, marigolds, mint, nasturtiums, petunias or radishes nearby.

The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it. ~Chinese Provberb The Moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one Moon. ~Sir William Jones, English Jurist

For longer lasting blooms, pick flowers in the early morning or late afternoon. When zucchini are plentiful, shred 1 or 2 cup portions and freeze to use in soups, stews, and nut breads in the dark of winter.

“Plow deep when sluggards sleep.” Benjamin Franklin

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." ~Arundhati Roy

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... It comes only through the tireless efforts and passionate concern of dedicated individuals ... This is no time for apathy nor complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."~� Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ~Albert Einstein

Did you know that there are now 6,132* farmers markets in America? That represents a sixteen percent increase over the number recorded in the National Farmers Market Directory in 2009.

Worries go down better with soup.  ~Jewish Proverb Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!  ~James Beard

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~J. R. R. Tolkien

“Food is our common ground – a universal experience. ~James Beard “Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and spring.” ~ Chef Daniel Orr

“No other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread.” ~Proverbs 12:11

'The latest USDA Census of Agriculture claims that $1.2 billion stayed in local communities as a result of farmers markets and direct sales.” ~Acres USA

I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire
“You've got to know where you are. You've got to consult the genius of the place.” ~Wendell Berry

“The land belongs to the future.” ~ Willa Cather “One does not act rightly towards one's fellows if one does not know how to act rightly toward the earth.” ~Liberty Hyde Bailey

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.” ~Amos Bronson Alcott

“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. They they fight you. Then you win.” ~Gandhi

“A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one's accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes.” ~Wendell Berry, author and farmer

Tips to Eat More Local Food: Try cooking one new dish each week using local and seasonal ingredients and keep track of the ones you, your friends and family like the most. Summer, when so much food is being harvested, is easier than other seasons. ~The Daily Green

America's oil consumption would be reduced by 1.1 million barrels of oil per week if every one ate one meal a week from a local food source. ~Georgia Organics

A study conducted by American Farm Bureau Federation shows that 98 percent of producers aged 18-35 are highly optimistic about agriculture, even as challenges continue to arise.

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“Like farmers, we need to learn that we cannot sow and reap the same day.” ~Unknown

“Ten companies now control more than two-thirds of global proprietary seed sales. Ten companies now control almost 90% of agrochemical sales worldwide. Ten companies now account for three-quarters of industry revenues. The top ten pharmaceutical companies control 55% of the global drug market. Source: ETC Group's report, 'Who Owns Nature?”, 11/08

“Agriculture is truly a staple of the Tennessean's lifestyle. Nearly half of the land in the state is used for an agricultural purpose, and Tennessee agriculture provides over 200,000 jobs. However, this important industry is facing a growing number of threats—from changes in the tobacco economy to declining commodity prices to increasing concern about property rights issues in the state. And each year, Tennessee has more than 42,000 acres of farmland converted to development. Staying in agriculture and remaining profitable can pose many difficult questions for Tennessee farmers. “~American Farmland Trust

“Urban sprawl eats 2 acres of farmland every minute.”~Progressive Farmer Magazine

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” ~Aristotle

SUSTAINABILITY FACTS OF THE WEEK:
SMALL FARMS ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND PROFITABLE A 1,000 acre U.S. corporate farm growing genetically engineered crops nets an average of $39 an acre. In contrast, a four-acre family farm nets, on average, $1,400 per acre. Small organic farms are proving to be even more profitable. With oil prices on the rise, growing food without petroleum-based pesticides/fertilizers, and delivering that food to local markets will quickly prove to be the most affordable food available. ~Organic Consumer Association

Shoppers are opting to choose locally grown produce over organic alternatives, according to the Shopping for Health 2008 survey released by the Food Marketing Institute and Prevention. For example, when cost is the same, 50% of consumers say they would choose locally grown produce vs. organic (28%). Only 9% would choose a store-packaged alternative. "Shoppers' new interest in locally grown food reflects their strong desire to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables," said Cary Silvers, director of consumer insights for Rodale, the publisher of Prevention. "The battle between organic and locally grown represents who shoppers believe can deliver the freshest produce."

“Cooking is one of the most important health consequences of buying food from local farmers.” ~Michael Pollan, An Omnivore's Dilemma

“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

According to the most recent Harris Interactive's “Most Prestigious Careers” survey the profession that saw the biggest increase in prestige from 2006 was that of farmers, who rose five points. No surprise, it's cool to be a farmer.

“Switching to vegetables one day per week cuts the equivalent of driving 1160 miles per year.” ~Organic Consumers Organization

Since 1997, the number (of Tennessee farmers selling directly to the consumer) has increased by almost 26 percent and the value of farm products sold direct to consumers now exceeds $11 million each year. Center of Profitable Agriculture

The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.” Henry Ford Agriculture is truly a staple of the Tennesseanâ€TMs lifestyle. Nearly half of the land in the state is used for an agricultural purpose, and Tennessee agriculture provides over 200,000 jobs. However, this important industry is facing a growing number of threats—from changes in the tobacco economy to declining commodity prices to increasing concern about property rights issues in the state. Staying in agriculture and remaining profitable can pose many difficult questions for Tennessee farmers. Source: American Farmland Trust Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

Did you know for the past seven years the world has lost one domestic animal breed per month, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Program? FAO Under-Director General Alexander Muller stated in a recent report, “Time is running out for a fifth of bovine, goat, porcine, equine and poultry breeds in the world.” This loss of genetic diversity makes farm animals more vulnerable to disease and can undermine the stability of the food system. Consumers can help reverse this trend by seeking out meat, dairy, and eggs from heritage animal breeds. Heritage breeds are older “antique” or “heirloom” breeds that were typically bred to suit the needs of small farmers in a specific region rather than in larger industrialized farms. Many farmers in the Middle Tennessee area seek to preserve genetic diversity in the food system by raising heritage breeds like Berkshire hogs, Scotch Highland cattle, Khatadin sheep, or Bourbon Red turkey. Source: Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee

Interesting Facts
Tennesseeâ€TMs agriculture accounts for 11.7% of the stateâ€TMs economy and generates $38.8 billion in output. About 214,000 Tennesseans are employed by the agriculture industry, with 126,000 working (both full and part-time) as farmers. Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Tennessee Field Office, 2005 Agritourism combines aspects of Tennessee agriculture and tourism. Examples of such activities and business include agriculture related festivals and fairs, Century Farms, Corn mazes, Farmerâ€TMs Markets, On-farm tours, On-farm retail markets, On-farm festivals, Pick-Your-Own farms and Wineries. Slow Food, is the name of an organization and movement to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions, and to counter-act peopleâ€TMs dwindling interest in the food they eat. Simply put – to get people cooking again with local, whole foods. *Source: Slow Food International, www.slowfood.com But, as Carson so eloquently put it in a CBS documentary in 1964: "Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we now have acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is part of nature, and his war is inevitably a war against himself." “The number of farmers markets has more than doubled in the last ten years, to more than four thousand, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of the food marketplace.” ~ Michael Pollan, An Omnivore's Dilemma “Cooking is one of the most important health consequences of buying food from local farmers.” ~Michael Pollan, An Omnivore's Dilemma “Switching to vegetables one day per week cuts the equivalent of driving 1160 miles per year.” ~Organic Consumers Organization

Diversified agriculture from local farms provides environmental benefits such as reduced contribution to climate change, enhanced water quality, and a reduction in soil erosion. ~Boody, George, Bruce Vondracek, David Andow, Mara Krinke, John Westra, Julie Zimmerman, and Patrick Welle (2005, January). Multifunctional agriculture in the United States. In: Bioscience. 55(1): 27-38.

Since 1997, the number (of Tennessee farmers selling directly to the consumer) has increased by almost 26 percent and the value of farm products sold direct to consumers now exceeds $11 million each year. Center of Profitable Agriculture

The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.” Henry Ford Agriculture is truly a staple of the Tennesseanâ€TMs lifestyle. Nearly half of the land in the state is used for an agricultural purpose, and Tennessee agriculture provides over 200,000 jobs. However, this important industry is facing a growing number of threats—from changes in the tobacco economy to declining commodity prices to increasing concern about property rights issues in the state. Staying in agriculture and remaining profitable can pose many difficult questions for Tennessee farmers. Source: American Farmland Trust Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

Did you know that dollars spent at local farms and food businesses circulate in the local economy from two to eight more times (according to economistâ€TMs estimates) as those farms and businesses spend and invest their profits in the community? This trend, known as the local multiplier effect, is one more advantage of buying local foods. Source: Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee Did you know for the past seven years the world has lost one domestic animal breed per month, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Program? FAO Under-Director General Alexander Muller stated in a recent report, “Time is running out for a fifth of bovine, goat, porcine, equine and poultry breeds in the world.” This loss of genetic diversity makes farm animals more vulnerable to disease and can undermine the stability of the food system. Consumers can help reverse this trend by seeking out meat, dairy, and eggs from heritage animal breeds. Heritage breeds are older “antique” or “heirloom” breeds that were typically bred to suit the needs of small farmers in a specific region rather than in larger industrialized farms. Many farmers in the Middle Tennessee area seek to preserve genetic diversity in the food system by raising heritage breeds like Berkshire hogs, Scotch Highland cattle, Khatadin sheep, or Bourbon Red turkey. Source: Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee

Interesting Facts
Tennesseeâ€TMs agriculture accounts for 11.7% of the stateâ€TMs economy and generates $38.8 billion in output. About 214,000 Tennesseans are employed by the agriculture industry, with 126,000 working (both full and part-time) as farmers. Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Tennessee Field Office, 2005 Agritourism combines aspects of Tennessee agriculture and tourism. Examples of such activities and business include agriculture related festivals and fairs, Century Farms, Corn mazes, Farmerâ€TMs Markets, On-farm tours, On-farm retail markets, On-farm festivals, Pick-Your-Own farms and Wineries. Slow Food, is the name of an organization and movement to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions, and to counter-act peopleâ€TMs dwindling interest in the food they eat. Simply put – to get people cooking again with local, whole foods. *Source: Slow Food International, www.slowfood.com