Sunday, January 5, 2014

Polyfaces: A Documentary about Polyface Farm

I want to move to Virginia to be near this farm. I started peeking at real estate just to get an idea and it looks very doable, especially because it comes with being near the Appalachian Mountains. MOUNTAINS! They complete me.

Why would I be serious about wanting to move my family away from almost all of our extended family to be near a farm? Because what they are doing and the food they are providing is that important. This is a game changing farm. They are doing things the way things used to be done plus taking advantage of this technological age without compromising the mission. 

We will have a farm one day and we will farm like this. Maybe it will provide food just for us, or us and a few other families; maybe it would grow to be something bigger than I imagine. Whatever God has planned, we are game. Real, healthy, crap-free food is just that important to me. I am in charge of feeding my family. What goes in their bodies either helps or hurts them. Food and water is what makes a little body grow. From the moment my kids come into my life, I am in charge of what nourishes them to grow into a newborn. Then they arrive and the milk I produce causes them to grow into infants. When we start introducing solids I decide what solids go into their bodies. Food either nourishes or depletes. It REALLY is that important and that big of a deal. 

Here is a 9 minute trailer for the documentary:
And a couple things just from the trailer that I want to highlight. (Because I get geeked out over stuff like this.)
1) They talk a couple times about the symbiotic relationship the farmers have with the animals and land. We just need more of this. That's all there is to it. I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, I have no plans to become one unless I find the need to head to the Gerson Institute. I like vegans. Quite a lot actually. Peter Ragnar is my favorite raw vegan ever. I just don't think everyone needs to be vegan and I think when we stop being such narcissistic humans, symbiosis between the land and all food sources is not only possible but meant to be. 

2) The little girl devouring the tomato while her dad talks. Priceless. And yes. Just a thousand times yes. 

3) A couple fabulous quotes:

"I would like to see more people be responsible for their own actions. Not point the blame on someone else. 'You did this to me.' Well, it's what you're putting in your body and what you're doing and what you're doing to your kids and your economy and environmentally."

It's really true. My husband is in electrical construction and I stay home with the kids. We live in a normal size 3 bedroom ranch. We're not swimming in money by any stretch of the imagination. Once we understood how truly important food is to our health and our growing children's health, we made changes. Good food is at the top of our list of purchases we will try like hell to not skimp on. There's a handful of bloggers out there that shared how they eat good on low income. Just Google eat well (or good or organic) on tight budget." Here's a great one where they even paid off debt while eating paleo. We have learned it mostly comes down to priorities. It reminds me of something David Wolfe said in a documentary (Food Matters, perhaps?). Basically that we have our priorities backwards. That we would rather spend money on fancy cars and big houses than on quality organic raw food. We would rather have the latest fashions hanging in our closet than to nourish our children with rich food sources. That's a tough pill to swallow, I know. We might not have a big house or a fancy car but we have our own vices/strongholds. That is a profound statement to me though because there's so much truth in it. And it affected both of us enough that we made changes. I mean, our kids only grow up once. What we put in their bodies helps make them strong or weak.

Lastly a quote from Michale Pollan, author of The Omnivores Dilemma, "The idea that we can take beautiful food off the land and heal it at the same time; that's a very hopeful lesson because it's bigger than food or farming. It suggests that as long as the sun shines, there is a free lunch and that you can capture that energy and run it through a system and not diminish the world."

That's just good stuff.

More information on the documentary here.