February 4, 2006 – INCA Conference Day

Today was a day of information, renewal, hope and despair. I attended the Iowa Network for Community Agriculture’s annual conference and felt all those things at some point during the day – some of the despair comes from the continued downward spiral of agricultural commodity prices and the health of the land they are raised on, the rising obesity and bad food we eat as a culture and the difficulty in beginning new ways of raising food and eating outside the current norm.

The good news is that people are finally talking about it, new direct marketing venues are being tested, and farmers are opting for new ways of doing things, and these people are very willing to share their success and more importantly aren’t too proud to hide their failures.

I was numbed with very impressive statistics, that I won’t try to relay until I have a copy before me, but will return to this thought in the next few weeks.