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Dec 7, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

A few decades ago I volunteered at a food pantry. I was incredibly dismayed because the 15% of the food which we gave out which originated with the USDA accounted for about 85% of the labor and record keeping. The food came with a plethora of strings attached. So when I was appointed manager of a food pantry I did so on condition that the governing board agreed that the food pantry would never accept a penny of government assistance: No food, no money, no pamphlets, no identity documents. No nothing. It was the best decision I think that we could have made. It allows us the freedom to help whomever we want, whenever we want, however we want, and with whatever we want. It's been 20 years now and I am grateful on every distribution day for the prudence of the board and their steadfast support of a policy that makes distribution a joy instead of a heavy burden of paperwork.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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