My Congressional campaign entered a new phase on July 14. That day, Lorraine Lewandrowski (@NYFarmer) drove me and Suresh Ediga around the farming communities of Herkimer County, to see firsthand the crisis facing America's family farms. We then stopped to wander through the tempting, tasting booths of the 4th Annual Little Falls NY Cheese Festival before racing off to @FoodReaders in Albany to see and speak about the powerful documentary "Forgotten Farms."
July 15th centered on a quick, sweltering visit to the Jefferson County Fair. On the 17th, I talked with a small group of North Country farmers to better understand the complicated forces and formulas of federal farm and milk pricing decisions and their devastating impact on family farms. That evening, I met up with Indivisible Lowville to march with them in the parade opening the 198th Annual Lewis County Fair. I'm no spring chicken, this was my first parade! An absolutely wonderful, heart-warming activity with 10,000 spectators along the way or in the arena where we ended our march.
At the same time, lots of social media messaging and conversations improved my original strategic plan to build a vibrant family farm economy. Last night, Saving America's Family Farms, the article I co-wrote over the week with Brenda Cochran, a member of Farm Women United, went to the publisher DemocracyChronicles.org and will appear Monday (7/23).
Today, I visit the Clinton County Fair. Pictures soon!