Archive for July 30th, 2008

more on the ban on poultry sales at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Very thoughtful commentary over on Slow Food Seacoast’s blog by co-leader Michelle!

An excerpt:

Though we understand the city of Portsmouth has adopted FDA poultry guidelines out of a sense of protecting the public, many of us believe the concern is misplaced. Many people I talk to are a lot more concerned about the kinds of large-scale poultry operations that have easy access to their own USDA-inspected processing facilities — farmers for whom 1,000 birds is an hour’s production, as opposed to a year’s steady labor.

Slow Food as an organization sees serious concerns with favoring large-scale farming operations over local, small-scale ones. Concentrating animals in large growing and feeding operations, processing them in heavy volume all at once, and then shipping them long distances to sit in grocery cases on styrofoam plates, are unsustainable practices that damage communities, the environment, the enjoyment of food, and people’s lives. Though it is easy for such large-scale facilities to maintain an USDA-inspected facility, that is small comfort given the associated costs of producing food this way.

Read the rest! >

Lee Farm Day – August 9th – more info including maps to download

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Come for a self-guided tour of Lee’s diverse farming community. This year, eight farms will be open to the public. There will be demonstrations and activities at each farm all day long. Some activities will include a sheep shearing demonstration, free horse-drawn wagon rides and ice cream at Coppal House Farm provided by the Granite State Dairy Council and sponsored by Ath-Mor Holsteins. Riding and jumping demonstrations at Echo Ridge Farm, local artists show at Blue Bell Greenhouses, bee keeping exhibit and the Lee Farmer’s Market at Misty Meadows, and more. Lunch to benefit NH Ag in the Classroom will be available at UNH Burleigh-DeMeritt Farm, and lunch will also be available at Velvet Pastures Elk Ranch featuring Elk burgers. Location: For a complete listing of farms, events, and schedules, please visit www.nhcornmaze.com. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.nhcornmaze.com.

Download the brochure for a map and farm descriptions, print and share a poster to help spread the word >