I am a little upset, but that’s okay, because this has lead me to an action that seems to be steam roll-able. I know, I know. I have been very lame on this site but a new cause, near and dear to my heart has reminded me of the generosity and logical thinking of the FMO community.
Remember back in 2008 when I put out an appeal to locals that a nice way to dispose of your family Christmas tree would be to donate it to the family goats I used to have? That one simple request lead to many years of my ex-husband and me answering many requests for us to pick up your old trees. It was a win-win. The goats got to eat the trees, you didn’t have to figure out how to get rid of them and they stayed out of the landfills.
I have a friend who is running a farm in Bedford County, PA, just north of the Maryland line off of Rte 68. He is trying (and succeeding) to raise humanely raised, woodland-foraging pigs. But it isn’t cheap and, especially over winter the feed costs are pretty high. Currently the farm has three nursing mothers and three pregnant sows who all need additional calories for successful pregnancies and healthy babies. And many more of all sizes in between.
For a while now, the farm has tried unsuccessfully to get any one to listen to how much it makes sense to donate the old, unfit for human consumption produce and breads/grains to small farmers to give them a chance to fulfill their mission of humanely and responsibly raised animals and to help off-set the fluctuating prices of animal feed. (Truthfully, they have been hung up on, been sworn at and had doors slammed in their faces.) Especially during the times of the year when the farm is unable to give their own leftovers to the animals, like winter when the fields are idle and early summer when all the produce is going to local farm markets.
So, I am on a mission. So far, I have had two very generous donations from the lovely folks at Philly Rabe’s. They are a new restaurant and have already done so much to help. (And not just me. They have already donated to many local causes and told me at our first discussion that human donations were their first priority.) I have spoken to a couple other Frederick restaurants and am hoping that I can create a movement to keep food that is not good enough for human consumption but perfectly fine for animals, out of the local landfill. By the way, my friend’s farm also has chickens and he composts almost everything so if a donation is unable to be fed to pigs, it will go to chickens. Failing that (I can’t even imagine) it will still be composted for the gardens.
Here’s the catch. There is no catch. All you would have to do is fill a bucket or bag with your scraps (no meat please) and I will pick it up and deliver it. Pretty simple really. If you want, I will provide the bucket or bag.
If nothing else, the realization that so much usable food is being thrown away shocked me. I want your help to make this right.
If you want to help, leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook, Elizabeth Gillison. Thank you so much in advance.