My blogging in 2014 = sucks. Life and work have been crazy busy, but in a good kind of exhausting way. I traveled much of December, January, and February, then it got really cold with a lot of snow. Now that we're moving into Spring, the snow sticks around for shorter periods of time, the … Continue reading 5 Things: Food On My Mind and ‘Type A’ Personality Problems
Despite all the cold during the past few weeks, farmers and ranchers across the country have been out and about, taking care of their livestock, and getting things done on the farm and ranch. I wrote an article that looked at several of these cold weather tasks that was published on CNN Eatocracy yesterday. It … Continue reading CNN Eatocracy: ‘Frostbite on their teats’ and other cold weather farming issues
Last week, I asked this question in my latest post on CNN Eatocracy. There were a variety of replies, mostly with concern for the ethics of eating meat. The majority of the 225 comments so far have missed the point. "How concerned are consumers about transparency in the food supply?" Read more here. I included … Continue reading Do consumers really want to see where their food comes from?
How long has it been since you visited a farm? Vote in the poll. In case you missed it, yesterday was National Agriculture Day. I had the opportunity to share a few words on CNN Eatocracy and hopefully encourage folks to consider how agriculture impacts our lives daily. Even though farmers and ranchers may be … Continue reading CNN Eatocracy: Celebrate National Agriculture Day and talk to a farmer
This week has been an exciting one for those discussing food and farming. Sunday's airing of RAM Truck's Super Bowl ad featuring the American Farmer has had online communities buzzing about the images and characteristics that defined our farmers in 1978. Those characteristics and values still hold true today, despite what we commonly hear in mainstream … Continue reading CNN Eatocracy: How has farming changed since 1978 and “So God Made a Farmer”?
The comment that started it all: I'm from a family farm with cattle, horses, and on occasion a few pigs, chickens for our own freezer. I've also worked in large cattle feedlots in different parts of the country. Farmers (both large and small) I've worked with all care about providing a quality life for their … Continue reading My highlight of 2012: CNN Eatocracy
Aimee Whetstine blogs at everyday epistle. She wrote her first food and farm post Milk Wars in 2011. Her work has been featured on BlogHer. This is her first appearance as a Bandita. There's nothing quite like preaching to the choir. It feels so good, so validating, to write something and have like-minded people stand up and cheer. The rest … Continue reading It’s Time for the Choir to Sing
I have another article on CNN's food blog, Eatocracy, this week! This time I'm bringing up the discussion of local food from the perspective of a farmer who most do not consider as 'local'. Be sure to read the entire article and join the discussion on CNN's page. The term "local" is used frequently in … Continue reading CNN Eatocracy: What should a ‘local’ farm (and farmer) look like?
Do you ever have that moment where you just really need to stand on a soapbox and set the world to rights? In the age of blogging, I see those posts all too often and I have been known to post a few right here. They may end up as an emotional piece, fairly lengthy, … Continue reading Better Blogging: Finding Online Mentors
I've had some pretty interesting comments on my recent CNN Eatocracy article: Farmers aren't evil. Now can we have a civil conversation? Here are a few worth sharing. HomeGrower: I made it easier for myself. I don't have to hold a dialogue with a farmer. I grow my produce sans GMO's and chemicals and … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: Questions about food and farming abound