Whenever I'm in the Dry Creek Valley, I always make the usual stops - Big John's Market for chicken mango burgers, The Dry Creek General Store for coffee and a bite, and The Gardener, just to have a look around. I always seem to hit it big at one (or all three) of these places, I guess that's why I keep coming back.
This past weekend, my annual visit to The Gardener proved worthwhile once again, when I discovered the newly launched Modern Farmer Magazine. (In fact, it's still on its first issue of its quarterly release.) I was seduced by the Dwell Magazine-esque feel to the publication and so I picked one up for $7.99 and looked forward to sitting down with it and diving in. I finally got the chance to tonight, and if you read about my Sunday night shenanigans with a wild boar, you'll understand why I was so entranced with its article "Wild Pigs: It's a War, and We're Losing". I was so taken with the story that I started reading it out loud to the kids, poolside, and believe me, I had their undivided attention the entire time. When I got up, and came back from doing something, this was the scene I found:
The story of the world's exploding boar population might have put Mr. Noodle to sleep, but the eight-year-old and I are hooked on it and other global farming issues like organic farming in China, incredible farm stays around the world, and how to build a house out of straw bales.
Sign. Me. Up.