Diana Prichard lives and works at the intersection of the alternative food movement and the reality of modern agriculture and believes that a finer-tuned food future is possible without all the in-fighting. She operates a small, niche pork operation; running a few hundred hogs per year in the heart of Michigan's farm country. You can follow her story at RighteousBacon.com, Twitter and Facebook.
I’ll never forget my first agriculture conference. I carefully selected the sessions I wanted to attend and made sure I arrived at the one and only panel dedicated to women in ag early. I picked a seat, pulled my favorite pen and a trusty notebook out of my bag and got ready for what I assumed would be an education-filled hour.
And I suppose, in hindsight, what followed was an education - just not in the way I’d expected.
Emily: This past Wednesday, I felt like I was in the middle of a drug deal. I nervously stood near the beer section of our local liquor store, waiting for a man wearing a green apron. When I saw him, I awkwardly confronted him and asked for what I'd come for: Hopslam. He told me to wait right there, and a wave of relief washed over me.
With my precious six-pack finally in hand, I begged for another. "You can only sell me one?"
I knew I was pressing my luck, but I had to after receiving a desperate text reading, "Come here to Greens and buy Hopslam. I can only buy one."
My boyfriend Justin's lack of the word "please" could only be excused by a life or death situation, otherwise known as running out of Hopslam.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
February is National Hot Breakfast Month!
Nutritionists will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting out on a full stomach helps keep you alert and focused well into the day.
If you’re not a morning person, taking the extra time cook, eat and clean up might not sound worth it. Oatmeal might be the perfect solution. It can be made quickly in a microwave and you can customize it to your taste. Add some fruit and nuts and you’ve got yourself a warm, filling, balanced meal.
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