I am really excited to announce that I am helping my friends at the Farmers Guild create a cookbook of recipes from their farmers. The Farmers Guild coordinates meet-ups for farmers in California to facilitate a sharing economy. Each month, there is a sharing of resources, knowledge, and conversation (also beers). It's great to work with a group so focused on community building and education. They recently launched a scholarship fund to help farmers gain new skills. I am going to be working on this cookbook over the next few weeks to collect the recipes and stories of the farmers behind their organization. I will be sharing bits and pieces of what I am working on and the amazing farmers behind the meals.
Last weekend Mike and I headed up to Mendocino to meet four farmers doing very different things. Our first stop was Mendocino Organics where Adam and Paula Gaska raise meat, grain, and produce. We got to eat some deliciously perfect figs from a tree on their property. Adam cooked up some risotto and lamb on the grill that was sourced mostly from their farm.
Next we headed down the road (literally!) to the Grange Farm School and met Ruthie King and some of her chickens.
The Grange Farm School, a partner of the California State Grange, is in its first year of existence. Ruthie does some amazing work developing infrastructure and teaching its first batch of farmer students. She teamed up with her friend Rachel Britten (also just down the road...) of Ecology Action to make two types of soup.
Then we headed west and met Gowan Batist and her family, who run Fortunate Farm on the coast. Gowan grows vegetables and raises sheep for wool and goats for milk. She recently moved to a larger farm and shared with us the joys and struggles of scaling up. Her sheep were so friendly and wanted to snuggle with everyone.
Stayed tuned! As I continue to travel around California and capture more farmer stories, I will share them along the way...