Photo taken at Golden Glen Creamery / Jensen & Son Dairy in Bow, WA

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Touching 2 minute video about a farmer's choice and sustainable farming

I saw this video today for the first time. It was so touching, it made me cry. The message is hopeful and simple. It's about choice. Everything we do begins with a choice.
"Coldplay's haunting classic "The Scientist" is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled "Back to the Start." The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system."


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Friday, June 8, 2012

Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind

It's impossible to say how many people grew up with Mr. Fred Rogers. I was one of the countless children who was comforted and entertained by the magic of his neighborhood and the calm presence, acceptance, encouragement, and gentle soul of Mr. Rogers. For me, Mr. Rogers was a friend and his neighborhood was a friendly and sane escape from the ugliness of a dysfunctional and abusive home. And I bet I wasn't alone. I bet a lot of kids emulated Mr. Rogers to feel closer to him. Like, when he said hi did you say hi? When he put on his sweater did you put a sweater on? When he changed his shoes, did you change your shoes? When he fed his fish, did you feed something? Or pretend to? In an era when ethnic and racial equality was many steps back from what it is now, Mr. Rogers accepted everyone in his neighborhood. Every child was special just because they were. Mr. Rogers celebrated differences. How interesting it is to meet someone different from yourself. What is it that you can do that I can't do? What is it that you know that I don't know? Maybe we can share and learn from each other. I've heard people hate on Mr. Rogers. Seriously, what kind of person hates on kindness and compassion. I wish there there were more Mr. Rogers in the world and representing on television.

I'm posting this here because the garden of our minds is one the most important gardens we can grow.

PBS Studios is responsible for this masterpiece. Enjoy and share.




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Buy Something and support your local farmers. 
Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Minimize Farm Machinery Fire Risk

Learning about farm safety is a BIG deal, way more than just being careful on and around farm equipment. My mind tends to wander driving tractors and gators even more than when I'm driving my car. I'm careful and vigilant but if a rig caught on fire would I know what to do? How fast could I put out a fire? I've never used a fire extinguisher.

I liked this article about minimizing fire risk on farm machinery because it's a short yet usefully informative read. It made me think of the farm equipment I've been on or around. How many of those machines were equipped with a fully charged fire extinguisher?

Food for thought.


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All of my videos of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer. 

Buy Something and support your local farmers. 
Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
Say Something on Twitter - @urbantweeter