Today, was different. Today, under a perfect sky, I sat on one of three hay wagons fully loaded with people who were like me! Consumers, farmers, wanna be farmers and backyard growers. Old, young, hipster, suburbanite, soccer mom, hillbilly. Just my wagon neighbors were from as far away as NY and Iowa. No one looked confused by talk of sustainability, land stewardship, free range, pastured, grass fed. We all shared a common thread. Wanting better from our food and better for our planet. I felt right at home among over 100 strangers.
I had some time to continue reading Joel Salatin's newest book on the drive there. It was so surreal to pull in the driveway to Polyface and be in the midst of it. To see the things first hand that I had read about and seen on countless documentaries and interviews. It kind of felt like to going to visit a long lost friend.
Daniel, Joel's son, led our tour. The passion for what they do there is so evident in everyone we met. Hubs said when we were leaving, "They seemed so genuinely happy to be there" and I think they really are. Why wouldn't they be? The grass is even greener on their side of the fence. Literally.
|This side of the fence is Polyface, the other is the neighbor. See the grass is greener!|
|Have you ever seen a happier pig?!|
The simple beauty of it all will stay with me for a very long time.
We couldn't leave empty handed. Check back tomorrow to learn more about the amazing rabbit we had for dinner.