I am drawn to winter camping for a simple reason – it demands that we drastically narrow our perspective and radically alter our priorities. This narrowed perspective draws a select few items into sharp focus and completely blurs out the rest.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a startling report in August stating that the world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates” due in part to soil mismanagement. What forward thinking local farmers, growers and dairy producers already know, is that the solution to catastrophic climate change may be right beneath our feet: the earth.
In 1867, officially known by the grandoise name of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, The Grange — as it became universally known — quickly became the most important voice for family farmers, a fraternal organization with rites and oaths similar to dozens of other such organizations spreading across mid-19th Century North America