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December 5, 2013
Dakota Rural Action members pose for a picture on the site where Powertech Uranium Company wants to mine.
Dakota Rural Action is a South Dakota grassroots organization that supports local farmers and promotes local food. Members decide what issues to work on and what actions to take.
SD political correspondent Bob Mercer has been watching DRA as members promote raw milk and backyard chickens and oppose uranium mining and the TransCanada XL oil pipeline.
While past efforts of DRA have focused on direct support for farmers, today’s members see energy and water issues as crucial to small farm survival. The proposed ISL uranium mine northwest of Edgemont is of great concern because mines usually contaminate groundwater one way or another. The proposed oil pipeline that will cross the state north to south will undoubtedly leak and contaminate the aquifers below it. So protection of our water is a high priority for DRA.
You can read Bob’s recent article here.
December 1, 2013
Judy Woodruff interviewed Alice Waters recently to talk about food. Alice is credited with starting the locally grown organic food movement 42 years ago, and she’s still at it. While in college she studied in France and learned the essence of French cooking—not sauces and wines but foods raised in the kitchen garden, harvested and prepared that day. Her California restaurant Chez Panisse is considered one of the best restaurants in the world, a restaurant that creates simple food from the best ingredients.
“Organic food growers are taking care of the land…they plant vegetables that have more flavor.”
Judy asked about people who don’t have time to cook. “We’ve lost our cooking knowledge…I could cook a meal in ten minutes if I had the right ingredients,” was Alice’s reply.
In 1996 she started the Edible Schoolyard Project where kids learn how to grow, cook, and eat good food. “Children fall in love with food that’s good for them…we’re bringing children into a new relationship with food.” Today she advocates for better school lunches and universal access to healthy food.
To hear the interview, click here. To read more about Alice, click here.
November 28, 2013
The ranchers who lost cattle in the October blizzard have something to be thankful for. Donated cattle are now arriving at their ranches.
The Rapid City Journal has more.
November 24, 2013
The Black Hills Farmers Market met in November to elect new officers and plan for 2014. President Matt Werner is on the right, hand on chin.
At its fall meeting the Black Hills Farmers Market elected a new President, Matt Werner. Some of us know Matt, formerly of Muddy Pumpkin Farms in Oacoma, now a resident of Spearfish.
We hear that Matt and other board members have big plans in store for an expanded 2014 market, and we’re looking forward to seeing those plans play out.
November 21, 2013
Garden manager Matt Dealy uncovers lettuce still growing in mid-November.
Farmers from around the state recently traveled to Battle Creek Gardens near Hermosa to see why garden manager Matt Dealy is so successful growing food year round without man-made chemicals.
In the spring seeds are started in this part-underground house heated with sunlight and a wood stove.
In 2013 BCG had almost 60 CSA customers, provided fresh food for the adjacent Health and Education Center, sold greens to Enigma restaurant in Rapid City, and showed up at the Black Hills Farmers Market.
Matt is a builder, a tinkerer, and an entrepreneur. He tries various strategies for extending the growing season, making the work easier, and keeping costs down.
In this wood-heated high tunnel a variety of greens were growing.