A summer theme for Laura’s Mercantile is “Real People; Real Relief.” Here I want to twist that phrase, and call out “Real People; Real Solutions.”
We are watching the climate with apprehension. This summer we’ve seen pictures of panicked subway commuters in Asia, as water pours in their car; flooding in Belgium and Germany, killing hundreds; the Bootleg fire in Oregon, burning almost half a million acres; the Dixie Fire in California, with similar devastation; a heat dome over the west, then the south, and then the northeast; drought in California’s central valley. Climate chaos is happening right now. The United Nations has issued a “code red.”
Several of my close friends say they’ve given up, that there is nothing they can do.
Sometimes I feel this way, unsure of outcomes, but have trained myself to live with doubt. A problem this massive? I’m sure trying.
With the help of the Mt. Folly Enterprises team, gleanings from The American Farmland Trust, Green Forests Works, The Savory Institute, and the Organic Farmer’s Association, we are farming regeneratively. This means we are doing everything we can to increase organic matter in Mt. Folly’s soils. Organic matter is 58% carbon, so land can return to its role as a carbon sink, sequester some of the carbon emitted by fossil fuels.
Then, we are building businesses with what we grow at the farm: hemp for Homestead Alternatives CBD and corn and rye for whiskey at Wildcat Willy’s. We are hiring locally, to revitalize a small rural town. We have asked you to join us.
This isn’t a marketing gimmick. We’ll tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. The more people who are willing to support the transition from industrial agriculture to something better, the better our chances.
So thanks for being a customer of Homestead Alternatives. Homestead helps me stay strong, to take on the challenge. And with Homestead and Wildcat Willy’s, we are unique…regenerative farming with hemp and whiskey!
P.S. To see our mission, and more information and video about Mt. Folly’s carbon farming, click here.
To see a television report on our activities, click below.