October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween and fall greetings from the fields. The season of orange is upon us (no pun intended). Orange winter squash, peppers, persimmons and pumpkins abound with shades of yellow and orange along with their purple leaves quaking in the breeze.
 
Temperatures have not really dropped that much and we are still awaiting our first rains. It’s dry but we needed to get the cover crops going so we are irrigating them to get a growth jump before the colder weather hits. It’s best to get things up and going before mid-November, otherwise growth is slowed down significantly. The same goes for the winter vegetable crops too. Most all of fall/winter plantings are now in the ground and it’s time now to start looking forward to different chores.
 
Okay, it’s election season and we’re going to get political here. The reason being that there are some real changes happening that are having an effect on us all. We have to realize our own part we play in the future. It’s important to be thinking about what kind of a world we are going to leave for our children. Not just our children, but our children’s children’s children’s children.That is what is at stake.
 
Because of the divisive and destructive behavior of our elected representatives, which include leaving the EPA in ruins, we are facing potential ecological collapse of the systems that we rely on, including the climate.
 
Fear mongering and political division are exacerbating other problems like the immigration crisis, general hyper partisanship and hostile public discourse that leads to inaction or worse, violent behavior, as manifested in recent events.
 
Voting is just one thing we can do but voting with your dollars is an even better choice. A better world is possible but we may have to take it upon ourselves to make that happen regardless; what we do now does effect that. Using less fossil fuels and more renewable energy does that. Using less single use plastics does that. Speaking truth loudly does that. Not allowing an authoritarian government controlled by large concentrated corporations to take political control of our lives does that. Understanding how our local and regional food systems work and taking action to support them is one of the most empowering and democratic things we can do.

The worst thing we can do is to become cynical and do nothing. Neither can we be complacent thinking it’s all going to work out fine. Among all the much touted good news of the economy growing there are some well-lit signs that it isn’t all a rose garden (again no pun intended).
 
The climate is one thing we in the food business are aware of. It is something that we often take for granted. But at this point in time we need to pay attention as our current activities endanger our future. We ignore it at our own peril. The decade-long downward trend in carbon dioxide emissions from energy slowed — and has most recently turned upward. Well dang! Here’s what we’re faced with if that is the case!
 
It’s too bad we aren’t getting help from our so-called leaders. Again, apologies for getting political but it’s well past time.