Publisher’s Letter: Spring 2012
By Jamie Lamonde | Photo By Jim Klousia 0
Even though I’ve made great progress in making friends with Wisconsin winter, I always get really excited about the onset of spring. This year, it’s not only because of the anticipation of warmer weather and fresh springtime foods—it’s also because it’s my son’s first spring. I can’t wait to get outside more, watch him experience the world blooming all around him, see him roll around in the grass, and feed him pureed green goodness.
As I feed my son his first foods, it has me thinking a lot about my own childhood connection to food, and the realities of how disconnected in general youth are from their food and where it comes from. That’s why I’m truly delighted to have the opportunity to work with “investigative nutritionist” Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D. In her article, she asks an important question: “How can we help children care more about their food?” She explores the answer through her own personal journey of engaging her children in real “good food” as they were growing up.
I recently had the opportunity to hear Melinda speak at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, and she inspired all of us to remember how important it is to connect the dots between agriculture, food and our health. As the amount of money citizens spend on “cheap food” continues to plummet and our spending on healthcare continues to skyrocket, it drives home the importance of helping the next generation understand good food.
I’m excited to announce the winners of Edible Madison’s 1st Annual Local Hero Awards. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and voted in this “people’s choice” process. We are honored to recognize this year’s “local heroes” as pioneers in our local food movement.
Finally, we invite you to join us for Edible Madison’s Picnic on the Farm on Sunday, June 24 at Cress Springs Farm in Blue Mounds. Chef Dan Fox from The Madison Club will be serving a picnic-style meal of delicious local, seasonal and organic foods including slow-roasted heritage pork that he and farmer Micah Nicholes raise at Cress Springs Farm. All proceeds from this event will be donated to REAP Food Group. You can learn more and get your tickets here.
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Jamie has worked in the organic and sustainable lifestyle industry for more than a decade. She is a communications professional with a deep commitment to nurturing positive social change through values-driven, education-based public outreach. Through her work, she is committed to building bridges between family farmers and citizen-partners to change the food system for the better.
Jamie graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, with a B.A. in English Literature. She lives in the beautiful Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin and continues to be inspired, and inspire others, through the organic and local food and farming movement.