Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Posted in category Food Freedom

I’d like to think that all of those wonderful eco-agricultural/natural/anti-industrial food machine farmers performing local farm-to-table service ought to be called anarcho-farmers. Thanks to having the largest farmers’ market in North America, here in Detroit we have no shortage of truly (not imitation or branded) Amish goods; grass-fed and pastured meats from the local farms; urban, farm-grown vegetables; and artisanal foods that are fermented, home canned, dehydrated, and otherwise prepared with creativity and care.

Charter One Bank has a program here in Michigan they call Growing Communities, which supports local farmers and farmers’ markets. An article in the Detroit Free Press notes:

To date, Charter One Foundation has provided $140,000 in grants to help expand local food resources in Detroit.

“We are proud to provide these grants to continue to helping growing Michigan businesses and improve the health and vitality of our region,” said David Lochner, senior vice president and director of commercial banking for Charter One.

I can’t think of a better way to actually do some good for the community, as opposed to providing politically correct lip service for politically correct causes. My pork/chicken/egg farmer and friends, Lynn and Melody Nye of Melo farms (see tribute here), were among the recipients of the six (private) grants given out by Charter One Bank, and they were the focus of the Free Press article. They will buy a new trailer that will increase their capacity for food transportation, and hence, help to grow their business.

Photo taken by KDC at Melo Farms in 2011

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One Response to Anarcho-Farmers

  1. jeannie queenie says:

    August 1st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Apparently Monsanto and related guv goons have not come around yet, warning farmer Brown to start planting GMO’s. Hard not to cry when you read about the number of farmer’s committing suicide everyday from being told to plant freak food that harms both animals and humans…sort of like asking the school lunch lady to not just give the kids high fructose corn syrup, but put a bit o’ bleach into it as well. Happy that my family is grown..have no idea how any family can survive today if they depend on GOOD FOOD..that is, beef not under $10 a pound..and vegies/produce that is not laced with round up and all other crapola within. And if you think that Whole Foods or other so called natural food groceries have the best stuff around, think again. Anytime I have ventured into Whole Foods or Bread and Circuses, it has been a real disappointment.
    It is a rare treat for me to be able to afford local farmers beef…so expensive…for many seniors it is coming down to eating or heating/winter…our crazy times! Thankfully our local farmers come into town a couple days a week here in CT…can get Real swiss chard, onions,tomatoes and more. Heard on the news today that drought is causing MICH, IND and OHIO farmers corn crops to fizzle out this year…ahhhh, mama nature is sending the monsanto men(?) a real message is my take on this…’quit fkn with nature or I’ll put you in your place and make your stock price fall.’

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