Saturday, January 31, 2009

Reason Enough

I guess Sustainable Glasgow is still at that stage where a lot of folks are still asking "what is it?" "why is it?" and "who is it?" and I guess that is understandable due to the youth of our movement, but the events of this week would seem to answer all of those questions handily.

The situation that over 500,000 of our fellow Kentuckians find themselves in, with respect to the loss of the technology they depend upon, provides the perfect example of the risk we take by counting on distant companies to provide for our needs in good times and in bad. The larger the company (take AT&T and LG&E and KU for examples), the more difficult it becomes for the stockholders to make proper investments to adequately serve a community like Glasgow. They find it much easier to pay themselves bonuses and dividends. Of course, that is the nature of the beast. Companies who do business in a community where the owners do not live are there to extract money from the community and send it back to where the owners do live.

Sustainable Glasgow is a group that recognizes this vulnerability and is going to push for solutions that guarantee the self dependence that is necessary to assure that our lives are sustainable. Another great example of why we should be producing and consuming food within the geographic region known as "the Barrens" is the story we are all experiencing which you can view using this link. The story from ABC News explains the real truth behind the current salmonella outbreak related to peanut products. Clearly, like the bankers who are taking bail out funds and then giving them to themselves in the form of bonuses, many corporate executives consider their needs vastly more important than the needs of we consumers. Sustainable Glasgow plans to help trap money, and the benefits which flow from that money, in our community.

Who are we then? We are a group of local folks who dream of a network of local businesses which deliver goods and services to local residents in such a fashion that we do not fear storms of the natural type or storms of the economic variety. We are a group who has seen too many of our friends and neighbors toiling away for too long at the whims of corporations that couldn't care less about the lives of people in and around Glasgow. To quote Howard Beale from the 1976 movie Network, we are mad as hell and not going to take this anymore!

We could use your help. Become a member, come to our meetings, volunteer to help us establish the Bounty of the Barrens Market, a local garden plot project, and any of the many other initiatives that we have planned for the reinforcement of our local economy. Let's begin with a local initiative and wind up with a robust local economy, that fears neither ice nor recession, and feeds itself from the bounty of our land instead of a box of who-knows-what from a factory located who-knows-where.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sort of a Sustainable Glasgow Blitz This Week!

We had a really good meeting on January 21. There were about thirty five folks in attendance. Rhonda Trautman gave a very good presentation on the Sustainable Glasgow movement and our short term, and long term goals. When Rhonda explained our two project goals for this year, the Bounty of the Barrens Market and the Garden Plot Project, lots of discussion ensued with great advice coming from members who have experience and expertise with existing markets in Glasgow and producers with advice and questions about our plans. This was just the sort of exchange of information we were looking for!

The community will be fully exposed to these two projects on Monday, January 26 at the regular meeting of the Glasgow City Council at City Hall in Glasgow at 7:00 p.m. We would love to have some of our members attend to help support Dr. Travis as he explains our ideas to the City Council and asks for their permission and support to establish the BOTB Market at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center as well as the Garden Plot Project which is intended to allow prospective gardeners access to small plots on public property.

Lauren Ray also reminded us all that we desperately need for folks interested in this movement to fill our a membership application and get it back to her along with a $25 check for your 2009 membership. Sustainable Glasgow's accomplishments will be largely dependent upon the number of active members we can engage in the movement. Do you believe in what we are talking about? Do you think it possible for us to come together and make real improvements to our regional economy? If so, walk you belief by becoming an official member and standing up to be counted!

Another big item of discussion at the most recent meeting was the establishment of committees and the need for interested members to participate by volunteering to work on these committees. Are you willing to become intimately involved and get your hands dirty in one of our major initiatives? If so, please contact Lauren Ray at and let us know!

Check out our windows at 108 E. Public Square. First of all we were lucky enough to have this wonderful location furnished to us by Buddy and Zara Alexander and the team at Alexander Law Office (Thanks Buddy!) but now our luck continues as SG member Leigh AnneBotts has adorned our windows with some of her beautiful, LOCAL, artwork (Thanks Leigh Anne!). As you travel around Glasgow's square, make sure to give it a look and contact Leigh Anne if you want to make your home look as good as our windows do! Hopefully, you will soon be able to view our conceptual plan for the Bounty of the Barrens Market in that window as well. Dr. Travis will be using an outstanding drawing provided by our local mapping experts at Barrens Information Technology System (BITS) to help everyone at the meeting visualize the central market we want to establish. After the meeting, we will incorporate it into the window display at our office so everyone can see it. Heck, I might even try to figure out how to post here!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chefs Hope Obama will Change Food Policy - for the Better - Local is the Key!

Hello SG,

Yahoo News posted this article from the Associated Press outlining a push from national top chef to push for better food policies regarding Obama's role in changing the nation's view of food. This clearly shows a national interest in what SG is attempting to do locally.

The article:

WASHINGTON – Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant's special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table.

"You know that's the way I roll," Obama replied jokingly.

Rick Bayless, the chef of that restaurant, Topolobampo, says Obama's comfortable demeanor at the table — slumped contentedly in his chair, clearly there to enjoy himself — bodes well for the nation's food policy. While former President George W. Bush rarely visited restaurants and didn't often talk about what he ate, Obama dines out frequently and enjoys exploring different foods.

"He's the kind of diner who wants to taste all sorts of things," Bayless says. "What I'm hoping is that he's going to recognize that we need to do what we can in our country to encourage real food for everyone."

Phrases like "real food" and "farm-to-table" may sound like elitist jargon tossed around at upscale restaurants. But the country's top chefs, several of whom traveled to Washington for Obama's inauguration this week, hope that Obama's flair for good food will encourage people to expand their horizons when it comes to what they eat.
These chefs tout locally grown, environmentally friendly and — most importantly — nutritious food. They urge diners, even those who may never be able to afford to eat at their restaurants, to grow their own vegetables, shop at farmer's markets and pay attention to where their food comes from.

Dan Barber, chef at New York's popular Blue Hill restaurant and a frequent critic of the country's food policy, says a few small gestures from the president and first lady Michelle Obama could accomplish what many of the chefs have been working toward for years.
"I recognize that I'm an elitist guy," says Barber, who cooked a $500-a-plate meal for incoming Obama aides and other guests at a small charity fundraiser the night before the inauguration. "Increasingly raise awareness, but don't do it through chefs like me. ... My advice would be more of a symbolic nature, and to not underestimate what can be done through the White House."
Barber said good food needs more publicity, and he hopes Obama and his wife will advertise what they are eating and what they are feeding their children, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha.

Many high-end chefs like Barber believe that most food in the United States is over-processed, over-subsidized and grown with no regard to the environment, making it harder for small farms to make a profit selling more natural, nutritious food.

Barber cooks with food grown at his farm, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. At the pre-inauguration fundraiser, organized along with several other dinners by food guru Alice Waters, passed hors d'oeuvres included carrots, lettuce and cauliflower — untarnished and raw, delicious in their natural form. Sweet beets had been recently chiseled from Stone Barns' frozen ground, and hog snouts left over from slaughter were used as a garnish on a plate of Maine sea scallops.

Most of the chefs say they realize food policy and government support for larger corporate farms won't change any time soon. Congress, with Obama's support, overwhelmingly enacted a $290 billion farm bill last year that directs many subsidies to the largest agricultural players.
But Obama has already given chefs like Barber a small reason to hope. At his confirmation hearing, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made an overture to the growing number of food groups and experts who have criticized government subsidies for large corporate farms, saying he will seek to work "with those who seek programs and practices that lead to more nutritious food produced in a sustainable way."

"There's a lot of work that can be done in this area," Vilsack said after he was sworn in.
Other chefs in town for the inauguration and Waters' dinners had many suggestions to improve food policy. Daniel Boulud, the veteran New York chef of the restaurant Daniel who has cooked for at least five former presidents, said he thinks the Department of Agriculture should form an agency that exclusively oversees small farms. Lidia Bastianich, a New York-based Italian chef who has starred in several cooking shows on public television, says the government needs to encourage regulations and incentives to small farmers to give them the opportunity to compete against the "big giants."

Chef Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on the popular cable television series "Top Chef," agrees. He says foods that are genetically engineered should be labeled as such and fewer subsidies should go to corporate farms.

But despite loftier goals, Bayless, the Chicago chef, says the Obamas could make a world of difference if they just publish what they are eating every day.

"Everyone's going to want to be like the Obamas," he said.

Monday, January 19, 2009


The next Sustainable Glasgow meeting will be this Wednesday, January 21 at 12pm.  This is a "bring your own lunch" event at our usual meeting place at 108 E Public Square in Glasgow (below Alexander Law).  We need to hear from you, so please come and bring all of your ideas and suggestions.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Exciting Opportunities for SG Members!

The governing board of Sustainable Glasgow met on Thursday, January 15, 2009 to discuss a few of the projects that SG is planning to take on in the coming months. One of these is the implementation of a local "Bounty of the Barrens" market in Glasgow/Barren County. At our next community meeting on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 at 12PM we will report on our progress in getting this started for the upcoming growing (and producing) season. Your help as producers, customers, advertisers, merchants, and manpower is needed and we will discuss how you can get involved in this project.

Another project addressed at the meeting was the “Garden Plot Project.” SG hopes to partner with the city to provide small garden plots to area citizens so that everyone has the opportunity to grow fresh produce. We will be discussing this in detail at the meeting and would greatly appreciate your involvement with this project as well.

As our membership continues to grow we thought it would be beneficial to hear more about the founding principles of SG and what the group can do for Glasgow/Barren County. Rhonda Trautman will be making a presentation doing just that at the upcoming meeting. Please bring all of your ideas and concerns- we would love to hear them!

Also, in order to begin an organized database of all of our members we will have membership applications available at the meeting. If you have already received the application via e-mail, please bring the completed application along with $25 to the meeting. If you are a producer, we will have forms for you to fill out to begin a database of local producers.

Look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12pm at 108 E Public Square, Glasgow (below Alexander Law)!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Kentucky Sustainability Institute

I just returned from a 3 day training in Lexington put on by the Kentucky League of Cities. As part of their materials, we were provided with a CD containing information about the Kentucky Sustainability Institute. It contains all sorts of great materials including "going green" toolkits, assessment surveys, etc. I have included a link to their site.

The toolkit and other links are included at the bottom of the website. There is a great section showing programs unique to cities all across KY.

This is a partnership with a division of KLC's New Cities Initiative.

Although this focuses primarily on the green initiative, it contains a listing of things other communities are doing to promote sustainability living. The section of "5 easy ways to go green" on page 13 of the toolkit specifically talks about local farmers.

We need to forward our info to be included.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Earl Blumenauer, Our Kind of Guy

It amazes me, now that Sustainable Glasgow is getting on its feet, to find that there have been so many folks thinking the way we are thinking now, for such a long time before we came to our present understanding. Meanwhile, the most common question I am asked about Sustainable Glasgow is, "Just what is it that you all are about?"

It sort of disproves the theory that today's media-centric world, where robust internet connectivity and 24/7 news on television drives us toward a common consciousness, when one of us bumps our head, we all feel the pain. While it seems that should be the case, it certainly is not.

Until I read this morning's New York Times I had never heard of Earl Blumenauer, but this link takes you to an article that makes it clear that he was all about Sustainable Glasgow (well, actually Sustainable Portland) before we even thought about it. Let's then add this to our list of goals, to find some Earl Blumenauer's to sit in our seats of elected office representing us locally, in Kentucky, and in Congress.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Great Comments from the Team at John's Custom Meats

We are exceedingly lucky to already have a local option for our beef and pork products in Sustainable Glasgow member, John's Custom Meats. Today I got this thoughtful and informative response from them relative to the petition I sent around yesterday. Everyone should read what Amy has to say:

I found this information interesting, and informative. I agree with many of the views of these candidates, but I also have problems with some.

I do not feel that it is necessarily the USDA that needs saving. I realize that this is contradictory to what many believe and it is not a popular thing to say, but the fact of the matter is difficult for a small processor to stay within USDA guidelines. I see this as a good thing. It should not be easy to be a USDA food processor. It could put the nation's food supply at a higher risk.

I have been in many "custom" livestock processing establishments over the years, and it would shock you to see the conditions under which the livestock are handled and the meats are processed. These "custom" facilities are regulated under FDA or the state health department. Those custom establishments should remain "custom". It is unsanitary and unacceptable for my family. In order to meet the strict regulations to become a USDA facility, you must have some scientific ability, sanitation is a must, and safety is nearly guaranteed. Even during custom operation, an official USDA operation must operate under the same sanitation and guidelines. USDA restrictions are harsh, expensive, and for the most part keep the nation's food supply safe.

The organization that needs the most change is the FDA. That organization is ill organized, ill equipped, and ill enforced. The Food and Drug has multiple problems.

Since meat is what I know best, I will use the beef industry as an example. Commercial beef production is a big business. It is a big business in Washington, as well. It will be difficult to change. It is also possible that changes to this "big business" could be harmful to those small farmers who do not have the resources or desire to be any more than a calf supplier. Many cattle producers do not want to retail their meats. Most small scale processors do not have the capacity, working capital, skilled labor force, etc. to handle the cattle in large numbers. The costs involved in this type of venture would not warrant even trying.

There will also be repercussions to this change, in the form of higher consumer costs. It is my opinion that Washington should reward those of us who are trying to create jobs in rural areas, trying to teach skills that have gone with the times, trying to support and keep the small family farms, trying to inform consumers of the choices available, trying to create new markets and entrepreneurship opportunities to small farmers, through the use of working capital, grant monies, educational sources for consumers, and the same access to tax breaks that large corporations receive. But, it is the local public that will ultimately cast their vote through the dollars that they spend.

I also have my problems with Organic. I am not a fan. There are several reasons that I am not a fan of Organic. In many states, organic fees are not reachable for a small farming family. You will find that most cattle, swine, lamb, and goat producers would prefer to see a push for locally produced or naturally produced (in this scenario, I consider "natural" as small numbers in open lots under natural conditions with free range to grains and forages and sunshine). Organic is over rated and overpriced, in my opinion. It is also, in my opinion, less safe (in the meat sector anyway). In large, if you are purchasing organic are purchasing from commercial farming industries. These are the majority of the suppliers for organic. The majority of organic products are trucked hundreds of miles and imported, as well. It is not common for a small family farmer to produce organic under the restrictions that organic carries and the paperwork involved in organic would be enough to deplete small forests.

It is not, in my opinion, the USDA itself that needs is the "commercial farming industries" and the public that need change. Commercial farming allows prices to stay lower for consumers. Expenses for small farmers and small food processors are much higher. Many aspects of the processing business that are expenses to a smaller processor are actually income producers for a large scale operation.

For instance, rendering (or scrap removal). This is a major expense for a small scale processor. It is also restrictive. There are no choices for a rendering company. There is only one in our region. You pay the costs, without choice, or you shut down. It is a necessity. It is restrictive in the fact that the current rendering company will not accept scrap for sheep and goat, due to the "publics" concerns over the sheep and goat form of BSE. Now as a small business, I have a market that I cannot access. I have small farmers in the area that are forced to pay higher rates to have their sheep and goat processed because of the restrictions on scrap removal. The landfills in Barren County and Warren County will not accept the scrap, as do many other areas, due to the public disapproval, even though the scrap from these animals will naturally facilitate the decomposition of the landfills rapidly and is welcomed in other areas of the state. It would also open a huge market area for our business and our numerous local sheep and goat producers. Currently, most are just dumping the scraps in hidden areas of rural land, which in turn, finds its' way into our livestock drinking supplies. Does that really make sense?

We, as a business and as a responsible farmer, refuse to use this option. Unfortunately, many do resort to it. If supported by county governments, we could open a huge doorway for the numerous goat/sheep producers in the region. I got off track a bit. A major packer typically owns their own rendering company and is able to profit from the scrap through recycling into sellable products. Small processors are forced to pay the rates set by one company and add to a list of expenses that must be passed onto the local farmer in order to continue doing business.

Changing the way commercial farmers "do business" is a double edged sword. While it is more economically friendly and humane to change, it will also force consumers to pay higher prices at the retail level.

Is our economy in a place where the consumers can undertake this increase?

For example, I raise my own beef...I finish my own beef. Grains are not as readily available here as they are in the Mid Western Corn Belt; therefore the costs are higher for me to finished cattle on a small scale. Those excesses must be recovered in order for that to be a profitable venture. Recover comes at the retail level, the consumer.

Consumers must be willing to pay higher prices for sustainable products. I have yet to see that this is the case in our local area. Monies are tight on all fronts. Pinching pennies is necessary for most Kentuckians to feed their families. A majority see locally produced meat products as luxuries, not necessities. They are more apt to purchase the commercially produced beef/pork/poultry, etc. with lesser quality, than the sustainable, consciously produced meats of local origin with higher quality and safety because of the price.

Our retail is able to stay in line with the grocery within pennies, only because we are the processor...wholesaler...and retailer (and livestock producer in many cases). A family farmer would not be able to keep these prices in the range of the supermarket. He/She would have the extra expense of processing fees (which are rising due to heavier restrictions of the USDA and material costs rising by more than 30% on staple processing supplies, energy increases from utility companies, lack of ability to get needing working capital from banking institutions, etc.) along with advertising expenses, farmers' market fees, transportation fees to and from the markets, extra time involved, liability insurance increases, etc... He/She cannot keep the pricing in the range of the supermarket.

The public needs and education. They have become disconnected to their food sources. The public needs to be informed of the differences between purchasing local and the staple supermarket. The difference in safety of the meats. For example, beef grown on small family farms do not receive growth promoting hormones, nor do they need antibiotic supplements in their feeds. Beef processed in a facility such as ours is 100% E-coli tested vs. the major packer of less than 1%. In small processing establishments livestock are processed one at a time, by generational skilled butchers vs. major packers with underpaid, unskilled, and in many cases illegal immigrants. By "one at a time" I mean that the livestock is harvested one at a time and also processed one at a time. The side of beef comes out of the hanging cooler after properly aging to dry water content and then completed processed by one butcher, wrapped and frozen. Then the next side of beef is brought in. In a major packer, beef are processed within 24 hrs (in many cases) sent down an assembly line with workers working on numerous of animals at a time, send on conveyors to the next station where they are further mixed with numerous animals.

This is a continued chain, depending on the type and purpose of the processing facility.

Ground meats in our retail or from a small family farmer are from single sourced livestock, meaning that pound of burger came from ONE animal. One pound of ground meats in the supermarket will contain meats from 1000's of animals, some imported and some domestic. Thanks to the new COOL labels, you will be able to see this practice for yourself. You will notice that the ground meats will have a variety of countries listing on the labels. It is common practice to mix imported lean beef with domestic fattier beef to create the leaner mixes that consumers are requesting. Domestic beef tend to be choice grade on average. This makes a nice tender steak and a flavorful roast, but you cannot get 90% or higher lean burger from a choice beef. Therefore, the imported leaner beef is added to the mix to get the desired consumers fat content.

Are consumers ready to change? I'm not sure at this point. Our sales would suggest that they are not. Currently, with the state of the economy, local products move much slower than the products brought in from a supplier. Perhaps, with the proper education change will come?

Then there is the trickery or marketing strategies used by the supermarkets and grocery stores. The public is duped. The public needs an education on what those labels really mean. I use meat as example, because meat is what I know. For example, cuts of beef that do not have a grade shield tend to be poor quality (older animals purchased for minimal dollars to the producer).that's why they are cheap. Words such as "blue ribbon", "premium", "natural", "prime", etc. these are just words. They mean nothing, except perhaps, I AM ABOUT TO OVERPAY. Any words such as "untrimmed" basically mean you are paying for meat that you will be trimmed away and tossed. Was that really a good deal? Unfortunately, NO it was not. What about natural? What does that mean in the supermarket/grocery store? This basically means that the meats packaging does not contain any gas, water injections, additives, tenderizers, etc. It DOES NOT mean that the meats were produced in a "natural way".

When it comes to meat, GRADE SHIELDS are important. Meat and Poultry grading is voluntary. If you have quality meat and poultry, you WILL have your meats graded. This determines the "value" of the meats and the dollar that should be given for them. If you have lesser quality of meats, you opt out of the grading and use the flashy marketing words as stated above. Livestock producers see this grading at the stockyard level. They just do not really know what it means. They basically know that the higher quality and yield grade their cattle receive, the better they are paid. There is good reason for this. They are being paid higher for the quality of cattle they have produced. While this also falls on the supply and demand factor, generally better quality grades yield better prices paid. Same goes for veggies and produce on some level.

The public needs education on the colors of meat and frozen meats. They have become accustom to bright cherry red beef in grocery stores and supermarkets. That cherry red color can ONLY be sustained through gasses and additives. When a steak is first cut from the carcass it is actually a burgundy purplish color. If the steak does not touch another pc of meat it will "bloom". This is the cherry color. This only lasts naturally a couple of days at the most and only seconds if the steak touches another pc of meat. If this happens, the steak will turn brown in the area where the two have touched. It does NOT mean the steak has gone bad. It is actually a chemical reaction of myoglobin in the meats and oxygen. The oxygen reacts with the myoglobin to create the cherry red, but it is the oxygen that will eventually spoil the meats. If I were to cut a fresh steak and then immediately vacuum seal the steak, it would turn dark in seconds. There isn't anything wrong with the steak, just no preservatives or gasses to sustain the cherry red. I have removed the oxygen that will cause the steak to go bad thus extending its' shelf life naturally, but I have also removed the oxygen that will allow the steak to "bloom" into the bright cherry color that the public is accustomed to.

Then there is the issue of frozen meats. Oh the stigmas with frozen meat. The public has come to know frozen meat as the "quick sale" section of their grocery store. This, in turn, equals lesser quality at a value price. Well, that is the case in a grocery store. The meats have set on a shelf for a week, loosing moisture, gaining oxygen and they need to go BEFORE they are a loss to the store. It is the opposite when you purchase frozen meat at a market such as ours or from a small family farmer who is selling his own meats. These meats were processed, packaged, and quick frozen at temps of more than 20 degrees below 0 within minutes. This locks the flavor and the freshness in and protects the meats from spoilage and quality reduction. It is wise to purchase these products frozen. They have been properly protected with professional materials and will hold from 6-12 months at a minimum in most cases. It is a stigma that we have struggled with here. Those who are willing to try the frozen meats come back for more, but there are still a majority that cannot get past the stigma of frozen meats are poor quality. Perhaps with education?

I could continue on and on with the problems of the misinformed consumer, but unless there is a movement to educate, my words, knowledge, and experience are useless.

Then there's the issue of access to advertising for a small local business or small farmer. There's no secret that it is costly and something that is, in many instances, left out of the budget plan. Our business, for instance, just cannot afford the rates imposed by those with advertising publications. We just do not have the funds. We do our best to keep costs down for our livestock producers and our consumers. It can be difficult to get "free" advertising through news articles etc...unless you are "part of the loop". We must just not be part of that loop. I have yet to get valuable "free press" from any local advertising media. Perhaps, this could be an issue for state government or state agriculture. Access to advertising is a necessity, but often over looked or, in our case, just not reachable financially.

A good use of funds would definitely include incentives for media to give price breaks to local producers/business' or even price matches from grants from agriculture to help ease the pain of these marketing costs. Our business is lucky that we can create our own ads through graphics design and experience, but many farmers are not equipped to do this. We provide these branding services to our livestock customers. It gives them an edge and an image in the marketplace. But, we still have the expense of the media outlets where we cannot use these talents. We can create it, we just can't afford to publish it. We would love to be able to place weekly ads or tv commercials to inform consumers of the choices available and the "deals" to be had. It is just not possible. Just another issue for the little guy.

I have hope that Washington can change and level the playing field for smaller business' and smaller family farmers. I have hope, but I will not hold my breath. We have been fighting this fight for years now and will continue to educate even when it is not the "acceptable" point of view.

I also have hope in "Sustainable Glasgow". The organization seems to be moving in the right direction in record speed. I do urge you to include small family farmers, small food processors, and small food retailers in your discussion (if you haven't already). Their knowledge and experiences are priceless. I would prefer to see this in Washington, as well. I do realize that this is a stretch.

I believe that changes of sustainability will come through education of the local public. Washington and our own state government's role will ultimately be in facilitating this through access to capital to fund these initiatives, and equalizing the tax breaks the "big guys" receive for employment etc. Big business has its' place, but the little guy should also keep its' voice and it is my experience that the little guy must speak more loud and more clear in order to be heard.

Just some food for thought and perhaps, a little bit of an education on issues facing the small farmer/small local business owner that you may not otherwise be aware of.

Amy Sipes

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another Great Article Thanks to John Rogers

Click on this link to see a great Op-Ed piece recently published in the New York Times by Kentucky's own Wendell Berry.