Publisher’s Letter: Spring 2017
By Jamie Lamonde | Photo By Jim Klousia 0
With this edition of Edible Madison, we highlight the tireless, passionate work that is happening in the Madison-area to combat food insecurity. As we prepared this issue, we visited food pantries in Madison. Time and again, patrons expressed their gratitude and how, without these programs, life would be much harder for them. Of course there are too many food pantries, meal programs and other services to name within these pages, so we plan to publish additional stories on our website to highlight other great programs working in our region. Our intention is to shine light on efforts that are bridging the gap and to keep doing our small part to raise awareness so that we can all be better neighbors to each other.
One person that we spoke with at a food pantry told us, “There’s no shame in my game.” She explained that she has seen good times, and she has seen hard times. She reminded us that anyone’s life circumstances could change at any moment, and that the face of hunger is not what we might expect it to be. It’s with this understanding that we express extreme gratitude to everyone who is working to provide relief from hard times and to get food to where it’s needed the most.
Also in this issue, we interview Robert Pierce, farmer, teacher and good food movement pioneer. Robert hosted us at his home and shared one of the most delicious stews I have ever had (made almost entirely with ingredients he had grown). He has spent decades farming, teaching people how to grow their own food, and promoting that good health can come through eating food that you grow yourself. We’re very lucky to have him here in our community.
And finally, we want to congratulate the 6th Annual Local Hero Award winners, who were nominated and voted for by you, our readers! We want to thank the more than 2,000 people who participated in this people’s-choice award process. As part of this award, the winners each get to select a Wisconsin non-profit organization to receive a $500 donation. Watch for an announcement in April on EdibleMadison.com and our social media to find out which organizations they select.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
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.