With all the urban farmers popping up and the statistics that tell us that most urban kids don't know where their food comes from. Not to mention the food that is created and manufactured in a lab because this planet is becoming so over populated that no farmer can possibly create as much food on a daily bases to supply the worlds food intake. It's Christmas time and we are all thinking about the fest that come with this time of the year, extra pounds that it will cause we will worry about later. (I might know a great fun fit chick that can help you all with that extra weight)
But back to this food thing.
In Colorado you can find fresh local food at every market, I love this. When I was reading The Family Ranch and out shopping I would often picture some of the farms in the book as some of the farms that make the food I was buying. This summer I got to meet some of these farmers at the State Fair! The ones that make my food not in the book. Well at the State Fair there is this program call Centennial Farms. Don't now if its a program more so then its a celebration. According to History Colorado's website:
The Program was established to honor the significant role that these families have had in settling and shaping the State of Colorado.
Today, each one of Colorado's Centennial Farms stands as a recognition of the strength, courage and perseverance of the families who have worked their land for multiple generations despite the economic challenges of modern agriculture.
This year the oldest farm was founded in 1892. I know 1892! That was a long time ago, what in the world was going on in 1892.
I did a little search to see what the rest of the country was up to in 1892, cause um well I was not there so how am I suppose to know or remember my US history class. Well this is what I found out in highlight form of course. Grover Cleveland was president, Ellis Island begins accommodating immigrants to the US, it was the 400th anniversary of Columbus Day and to mark it the "Pledge of Allegiance" is first recited in unison by students in US public schools, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is published and in honor of Christmas The Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. But back in Colorado in Elbert County the Hertneky family were building their homestead. I wonder if they thought or hoped that their family would be there over a hundred years later. I know with the gypsy blood that runs through me I doubt any of my descendants will be where I am right now a hundred years from now. But I bet the Hertneky family will still be farmers helping all of us remember the importance of local agriculture and truly what it means to have courage. If you want to check out some photos of the rest of Centennial Farms folks here is a direct link to History Colorado's photostream.
Now if you guys are curious about what else I did at the fair. I can tell you I found someone or rather some animals that can make me smile even on the worst day and here they are and here is one of them. I call her Cruella de Vil.