I didn't really know anything about permaculture before I was invited to speak, and it's a mad interesting subject. I don't know enough to write about it here but follow the link to learn more.
The man who spoke before me was talking about the importance of local food systems and I learned the most amazing thing. How much food do you think your local supermarkets have on hand in case of an emergency? A month? Three weeks?
Three days. That's it. Three days worth of food.
Now, that's a scary thing no matter how you look at it, but when you live on an island, it's really disturbing. Think about it- in the event of an emergency (think 9/11) or a natural disaster (Katrina) that stopped the ferry from coming to the Island, we would be a-ok for exactly three days.
The point of this isn't to scare you into stocking your pantry with a year's worth of canned and dried food. The point is to scare you into getting to know your farmer.
So I wanted to share that with you. I also want to share with you the $50 honorarium that I got for speaking last night. I tried to refuse it but the course leader pressed it into my hand and said "I'm buying $50 worth of yarn then and you can give it to whomever you want."
I want to give it to one of you.
Here's the deal: The winner of this giveaway will receive two skeins of MVFF yarn in any of the colorways in my etsy shop. All you have to do is leave a comment below with some way of identifying you should you win. Sadly, anonymous comments will have to be deleted. I'll chose the winner on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
While your here, read the post below about the bonobos apes and enter to win one of three children's books I'm giving away.
And next time you're at the Farmers Market, introduce yourself to some of the hardworking people that grow your food and say thanks. Get to know them.