We’ve been mentioned a few times in the local media over the past week, so I thought I’d pass along the links for anyone interested who hadn’t seen the pieces.
We seem to draw a lot of interest from journalists, especially journalism students at MU. I think it’s partly because of our strong online presence; that generation uses computers for everything, and naturally hits Google first when looking for a farmer to interview. They see our detailed website and home in like a goat to grain. This is one reason I’ve been really happy with the new CFM website we launched this spring, which includes detailed vendor listings that allow customers, reporters, and others to easily find vendors of interest.
The regular interest from journalists is a mixed bag. On one hand, I’m always thrilled to see how many young, up-and-coming journalists are interested in sustainable/agricultural issues. On the other hand, we can’t possibly do interviews and pieces with all of them, and I don’t feel right doing so anyway because our personal operation is really only two years old and there are so many other interesting operations and people out there to talk to, though they may not have a pretty website. So I’ll often redirect them to someone else of interest. Their interest is always appreciated, though, and it gives me hope for the future that we are grooming future reporters and writers who take an interest in these issues.
Following this, Vox Magazine came out with a nice, long piece on the local foods movement in Columbia and mid-Missouri. I really appreciated this piece because it took the time to look at the issue from many sides, offering some diverse perspectives and analaysis. Well done, folks.
Finally, last Saturday the Columbia Missourian ran a longer story about our approach to homestead farming, looking at how and several other folks in the area are seeking to integrate those two concepts into a workable life and business. The reporter on this piece, Kate Hill, was a real pleasure to work with, knowledgeable and conscientious, and we felt comfortable giving her more time and access than we usually would. As it turns out, the online version of the story still contains a few odd errors, but overall we felt that the piece nicely captured our fundamental goal of integrating sustainable simple living with a practical market farming business model.
Take a look at these pieces and give us your comments here or via email. I’d be curious what people thought, particularly, of the Missourian piece.