Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Virginia to NYC (Part I)
First stop on my trip back east: the back woods of Virginia. Site of my 3rd annual work retreat. All 375 of us gather to bridge the electronic divide and meet the people we only talk to over email. Too bad there's a lot of bad buffet food and free alcohol involved...
Best part: the trip to Polyface Farm, featured in Micheal Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. A beautiful place on the planet that raises cows, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and precious pigs in a sustainable way, beyond organic. The animals eat what they were made to eat, for cows it's grass, for pigs it's acorns--the system is based on closing the loop, creating an ecosystem that can sustain itself without too many inputs like chemical medicines from god know's where or grain from the midwest. Best of all, the animals are happy!!!
Check out that lovely curly tail!! Can't find those in massive pig farms that provide most of the pork you're eating from the grocery store.