Harold Hartzler (March 10, 1926-May 21, 2011) had farmed all his life. But it was in 1954 or '55 that the sprays came along. He drove 50 miles to buy them and started putting it on his hay and corn fields. One day, a heavy rain came in right after he had sprayed. It ran over to a neighbor's hay field and killed everything on the field. Their neighbor was an elderly gentleman whose fields they helped tend. He had never trusted the chemicals and asked Harold shortly thereafter not to use any of the chemicals on his fields again.
Later Harold began to notice how hard his soil was becoming to plow and that his livestock was unhealthy. Most calves were barely living two weeks. Disturbing trends seemed to be developing beneath the earth, too. His sister loved earthworms. She would follow the plow furrow and fill jars with them in a matter of just a few feet. One day Harold was in the middle of plowing a field and it was really hard. So he stopped the tractor and got down just to look around. He walked almost 500 feet and only found two worms. To him, this was evidence the soil was dying.
Harold Hartzler had no governmental help, no professional advice, and no research supporting what he was about to do. Nevertheless, he felt strongly that he had to do it. They went cold turkey from chemicals in 1964 and never looked back.
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We can start the year off by celebrating that we are wealthy in healthy food. Having five stores filled with delicious goodies makes all of our resolve to "eat better this year” so much easier to achieve. Board members who were not snowed in like I was on the big party day in December enjoyed a scrumptious banquet catered by Bloomingfoods.
One of the perks for taking on the work of the board is getting to share a good meal together once a month before our meetings. It is easy to forget how important nutritious food is, not only to create healthy bodies, but to foster healthy minds. Sharing a meal gives us a chance to appreciate each other while we savor the tastes of the evening. We hope you have had the opportunity to share your favorite dishes with family and friends during this season.