Posts filed under 'Ruminations'

Thoughts on the farm

This past weekend Michael and I made our way to Jasper Hill Farm. We had visited the farm a couple times before this weekend which made it an ideal first stop for our tour. The farm involves two brothers- Andy and Mateo Keehler, and their families. Although on previous trips we’ve spent time in the various parts of the operation- the cheese house, the barn, the cellar, and even each of their dinner tables- this time was different.

Part of the difference was in us- we were paying much closer attention to how things worked and listening carefully for the sounds of the place. The farm itself has also changed, the ground is covered with snow and the foundation has been laid for a new barn across the dirt road from the existing barn. This was the first time we’ve been to visit when the cows are all inside the barn because the danger of them slipping on ice or losing sound footing in mud is too high. There are some new faces on the farm too- Amy, Josh, Princess, and Tim- the four of them help in all areas of the operation.

Although we arrived late Friday night, we didn’t sit down to interview Mateo until late Sunday afternoon. Given how busy they are it is difficult to get both brothers in a room together so we will return later to talk with Andy. Over the last two years I have talked to Mateo in depth about the farm, and yet in this conversation, I learned so much more. It leaves me with the feeling that we had just scratched the surface.

Mateo made one statement that stuck with me- I found myself thinking about it all day today. He said- and I paraphrase here- that the creation of Jasper Hill Farm was his and Andy’s response to the globalization of our economy. He fully acknowledges that he and his brother rely on that economy in many ways - he is not in denial, he is aware of the situation and taking action. This inspired me to think today about things that weigh heavy on my mind and conscience.

I find it disconcerting that we’ve lost a connection with what it takes to produce the majority of what we consume. Listening to Mateo speak about the reality of what it takes to “live the dream” on the farm was satisfying in a way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Today, back in the cheese caves, it struck me that maybe this project, this effort to explore the production of hand-made cheese and share it with the public, is my response.

4 comments February 16th, 2006

Next Posts


Calendar

July 2015
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Posts by Month

Posts by Category


  • book of mormon download amazon
  • budokan or die download
  • aatma bandhuvu songs download
  • aqua real 3d deluxe 4.01 download
  • augusto cury para download
  • cd master of puppets download gratis
  • bloodbath soul evisceration download
  • belinda carlisle la luna remix download
  • bandmaster free online games download
  • boni video songs download
  • black book dvdrip download
  • buku agama islam download
  • 2pm i'm your man mp3 download
  • babul ki duayen mp3 download
  • 4shared download pink try
  • clive cussler iceberg download
  • canon wft utility download mac
  • bot do zmiany sr download
  • chandni bar movie 3gp download
  • caindo no mundo download rmvb
  • canon mp140 download installation
  • bangla golpo ebook download
  • beste qualitA¤t youtube download
  • ati radeon x1200 download driver
  • canon pixma mp560 download software
  • ban gaya kutta mp3 download songs.pk
  • aplikacja facebook na lg download
  • babyz game download for mac
  • bratz forever diamondz song download
  • carmen sandiego game download free pc
  • a prisioneira download dublado avi
  • as profecias de nostradamus download livro
  • arte de vencer filme download
  • beleza negra download filme
  • aadha ishq download song
  • a estrada download uploaded
  • as mA?mias do faraA? download legendado rmvb
  • bushido heavy metal payback download kostenlos
  • black tide prowler mp3 download
  • 2 much working hard album download
  • cliff savage i go download
  • backbreaker download nokia n8
  • adventure quest battleon guardian hack download
  • 7 habit ebook download
  • apoel vs real madrid download
  • bulls vs hawks 2012 download
  • age of empires lll download full version
  • blogs to download pc games
  • abordagem como iniciar conversas download gratis
  • cd roque santeiro nacional download
  • beyond 20 20 browser download
  • cd chico buarque download perfil
  • canon pixma mg5250 cd download
  • benga beats volume 1 download
  • barrel how to download
  • build a lot 4 download torent
  • city of new orleans download sheet music
  • a sociedade do anel download legendado avi
  • asus via vt8237a driver download
  • automatically download pictures outlook 2011 mac
  • bleach chu bura mp3 download
  • bratz super babyz ds download
  • barbra streisand memory download
  • clube da esquina cd download
  • 64 bit oracle.dataaccess.dll download
  • cellebrite software upgrade download
  • bewafai mp3 songs download
  • airbag repair tool download
  • a filha do chefe download avi
  • blackberry pearl 9100 games download
  • bioweapon eternal vision mp3 download
  • canon powershot zoombrowser download
  • call of juarez download gratis
  • bassnectar vava voom lupe download
  • casper game download pc