A Menu for Change
Submitted by Lisa Ruffman-Weiss on August 9, 2016 - 11:05
Iroquois Valley Farms Annual Meeting focuses on food and health.
Our Annual Meeting was held this year on July 9 in rural Iroquois County, Illinois at the Miller Farm - where our CEO David Miller began an organic transition in 2005. The meeting was held during the wheat harvest in an outdoor tent so that one could easily view various organic varieties of wheat including golden fields of Turkey Red and Cascadia, experimental plots farmed by Harold Wilken, Board Manager and legacy farm tenant. For more details on the Miller Farm organic test plots, click here.
A key goal of our meeting this year was to highlight the food diversity of our farms and farmers. What better way to do this than by tasting the organic production represented by typical field crop rotations. The Annual Meeting menu included organic wheat berry salads and tomatoes, organic pastured turkey burgers and goat cheese, black beluga lentil soup with cornbread, and black bean chocolate cake. The menu incorporated the local and organic crop rotations of soy/wheat/alfalfa/hay or pasture/corn. These basic organic grains, legumes and proteins are in short supply nationally and represent the building blocks of the ongoing transition from the "no growth" monoculture of chemical food/feed production. In order to stimulate more production, more corporate buyers are assisting organic farmers with the difficult transition period -- something we have done for 10 years. As a responsible consumer, you can directly assist by eating more healthy and investing in what you eat.
To read the New York Times article highlighting how more companies are helping with family farmer organic transitions, click here.
To watch a recording of the Annual Meeting and see our presentation, click here.