Davis, Calif.--The California Institute for Rural Studies has an interesting perspective for us to consider when it comes to being thankful. Gail Wadsworth, Director at the CIRS gives something to ponder about being thankful for farmers and farm workers.
"It's easy for those of us in California to directly thank a farmer. Farmers' markets are flourishing here and every week many of us are face to face with those who own, manage and plan the farms in our region. So, next time you go to pick up those delicious winter greens or perfect pears, be sure to say "thank you" to the grower. In California, our farmers' markets are full of the men and women who actually grow our food."
A simple 'thank you' is the least anyone of us can do.
Wadsworth adds, "It's more difficult for most of us to thank a farm worker. We have very little direct contact with those who maintain and harvest our fruits and vegetables. But there are ways you can do that too. Tell your farmer how much you value the workers in his field. Let her know that you might be willing to pay more for your food if you knew the workers were well paid and had benefits."
"Spend some time to understand that those who put the food on your Thanksgiving table may not have the opportunity to enjoy a similar feast. I know I will take time this Thanksgiving to think about those who grow my food."
You can find the CIRS on the web if you'd like to learn more.