Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Agricultural Fairs: Slow Food, Slow Jackets and Community
One of the interesting offshoots of my discovery process to recreate perfect leather jackets from the 1940s was the joy of connecting to my agricultural community. For those of us old enough to remember the times before cable television, remote controls and the Internet, the biggest time of the year was the end of summer and fall fairs. These events would bring farmers and Carneys together to huck stuffed animals, gambling and farm produce in one giant denouement to the summer growing season. Young men would sneak beers into their coats, and young women would
Now that I work with tanners who help me come up with the perfect leather for my jackets I have learned how important the natural processes of responsible farming, and ethical treatment of animals is and what its impact is on the quality of both food, and the quality of the leather I make. I now have the privilege to visit and get to know farmers and ranchers who produce fine animals both for work, wool and food. As you connect with these groups an amazing transformation happens that helps to see a new perspective on what and how you
I started my journey visiting my friend Mike who works in an Auto plant by day and grows elk as a side business. His elk are happy, well treated and organic. Nance and I got the call from Mike who had just slaughtered 3 young elk and he suggested I come up and see him to stock the freezer. We bought some elk, bison, and wild boar!
me while meeting and greeting with farmers how out of touch the protesters I had met the week earlier were with the farming community. It seems to me that so many people seem so disconnected from what farming, manufacturing, tanning, sewing and the other basics that we are so used to buying from China and beyond. It becomes very easy to separate and isolate and judge these process' while you are not a part of the socio-economic tapestry that is dependent on farming, ranching and producing for your income.