Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Save Connecticut Farmland: Working Lands Alliance

Today my good friend Di invited me to attend the Annual Meeting of the Working Lands Alliance at the Capitol Building.  WLA is a member of the American Farmland Trust, was formed in 1999 with the sole purpose of preserving Connecticut’s most precious natural resource – its farmland. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but she guaranteed an awesome lunch, along with some interesting and somewhat humorous speeches.  I have to say it was the best lunch ever for only $10.  All the food showcased our awesome CT farms.  The lunch included Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Salad, Spicy Greens with Black Eyed Peas, seasonal sandwiches, Apple and Chestnut Flan, and Ice Cream.

Besides the awesome lunch I learned about the progress this organization has made in saving CT farmland and promoting Connecticut grown foods.  I found it astonishing, only 1% of the food purchased in CT is produced in CT.  All summer long I purchase most, if not all, my produce at local farm stands and farmer markets.  The quality and taste far surpasses anything I can find at a retail grocer. 

The Governor Jodi Rell, Faith Middleton and other award recipients, not only received the obligatory plaque or gift, but the biggest darn vegetables I have ever seen.  I should have take a photo of the cauliflowers bigger then a basketball, and the turnips almost the size of a football.  They were amazing.

Attendees included various state representatives and senators, plus a bounty of other environmentally like minded individuals from national, state and organizations.  They also made available Planning for Agriculture:  A Guide for CT municipalities.

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