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GRIST FOR THE MILL WINTER 2014

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At Edible Shasta-Butte, we long ago discovered how many local farmers and other food and drink producers we can write stories about. The discovery came about because of the farmers and producers we did write about. Each one led to other subjects and those to others; we found Windmill Farm CSA and Stackhouse Family Ranch in this way. To this six degrees’ phenomenon add the fact that more producers are emerging here in the northstate, and Edible Shasta-Butte has innumerable subjects to explore as stories. Five by Five Tonic Company—explored in this issue as well—is one of these emerging.

We tell stories because we want you to support these local producers whether established or emerging.

Many untold stories lie behind the stories we actually do tell. I didn’t quite realize how many until writing the article in this issue about Local Hero Chico Certified Farmers’ Markets (p. 43). I talked to enough people that untold stories generously offered themselves. One such silent story is represented by the drawing above right by Chico Country Day School eighth grader Natalie Charlesworth, recommended by Gina Sims, formerly of CSU Chico Research Foundation’s Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP), who herself was recommended by a colleague still at CNAP, who was suggested by CCFM office manager Natalie Carter and posters in the CCFM archives—etc. etc. to six degrees.

Anyway, I could have told stories about CCFM’s involvement with CNAP’s Edible Pedal or Farmer of the Month or CalFresh Outreach. Among other effects, such programs have resulted in the school population’s engagement with the CCFM and inspire drawings like Natalie’s and visits and purchases at the farmers’ markets by students and their families.

And that’s just one of the missing stories in the CCFM as Local Hero article. The downside of the stories we haven’t told is some frustration at all we leave out. The upside is that they still await us.

Here in the editor’s office we’ve long awaited one article in this issue. We’ve wanted an article focused on in seasonal produce, and now a writer has stepped forward. On page 28 Butte County Master Gardener M. Elizabeth Matt writes about fruits and vegetables available in December, January, and February. Hers will be a regular column in each seasonal issue. We hope that this article and future ones in the series inform you and prove useful.

Remember, online voting continues just until December 13 for your Local Heroes (at http:/svy.mk/VbBLZS); the magazine will announce winners in our spring issue. We thank you for supporting farmers and food with your votes—and by holding this magazine in your hands and frequenting the advertisers in its pages.

Candace Byrne
Editor

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