On January 31, 2012, five members of Occupy Farms traveled up to Fair Food Farm in snowy East Calais, Vt. Following is a report back from Thomas Kitchen.
Split logs and dug out dirt from hen house. Did a food order from Black River Produce of organic fruits and veggies for our pot luck dinner with other farmers on the evening of 02/02/12. Enjoyed the extremely beneficial hospitality of Fair Food Farm. Amazing dinner and celebration. Held an informal GA expressing our ideas for moving forward with Occupy and other interested parties. No minutes were taken and no decisions were made, it was more of a discussion group loosely based on process .
Worked on packaging vegetables for CSA. Made vegan stuffing for pot luck dinner. Pot luck was alot of fun, got to meet some more really cool farmers from this area. We had a Children’s GA 4-14 year olds. Most amazing and hope inspiring event I have ever seen. The over all agenda was the unfairness of the school system and solutions to work for. we had no bearing on the agenda point and simply facilitated. Some things they talked about doing were having a protest at one recess and a solidarity protest at second recess. They talked about how they were unhappy about being subjected to forced forms of education and how they want more specific skill set training in the fields they wish to pursue. These kids were polite to us and each other and held process better than any adults I’ve encountered.