Practical farmers, practical beekeepers – and the first giveaway!

August 4, 2011 § 5 Comments

Two things I want to share with you all:

1. Practical Farmers of Iowa. This is a great nonprofit where I worked as an intern a few summers back, and in addition to feeling even more a part of the Iowa agriculture community, I learned a whole lot. Here’s a statement about/by the organization:

At Practical Farmers of Iowa, we come together every day to advance profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-led investigation and information sharing. 

We are working toward the day when: 

  •  Farms are prized for their diversity of crops and livestock … Their wildlife, healthy soils, innovations, beauty and productivity …Their connection to a rich past and a fulfilling present where individuals and families earn a good living. 
  • Wholesome food is celebrated for its connections to local farmers, to seasons, to hard work and good stewardship. 
  •  Communities are alive with diverse connections between farmers and friends of farmers … Places where commerce, cooperation, creativity and spirituality are thriving … Places where the working landscape, the fresh air and the clean water remind us of all that is good about Iowa.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is also a gathering place — a place for all types of farmers who want to be better stewards of their land while making a good living farming. As members, they become a part of something bigger than themselves — They become part of a network of individuals sharing information with and supporting each other. 

They’re just great. Check ’em out. Attend a field day. Meet new friends! Support and learn. And join the movement! Practical Farmers of Iowa also recently asked me to review a book for their quarterly newsletter. Which leads me to:

2. Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina MarcheseThis is the most warmly-written, engaging, straightforward, informative book/story on beekeeping that I’ve read. In addition to sharing the author’s personal journey into beekeeping, the book includes helpful illustrations. recipes, and appendixes. It makes the whole process seem like yes, an adventure, but one you can take on and enjoy. You can learn more about Marchese and her bees at her website, www.redbee.com.

If you become a member of PFI, guess what? Among other benefits, you get the newsletter. Which means you get to read things like my book review. And then maybe you could purchase the book . . . and get some hives . . . and make some honey. If you do, please send me some!

Just joking. (Kind of.) Right now it’s my turn to do the giving. Comment on this post by telling me (a) your favorite honey recipe and/or (b) one of your favorite farms or farmers, and you’ll get your name in a drawing to receive a copy of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. The drawing will take place one week from today, so be sure to comment before then. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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