Editor's note: After only a couple weeks the Angry Farmer, Ben Wolff, is back with his column, and an update on the progress of his campaign to expand the farmer's market food stamp match program. He also spoke at an event in Ukiah recently, here is that video:
Speaking at the #LaborDay picnic in Ukiah, local pig farmer Ben Wolff to speak about the market match program at the farmers market. Here’s more info and how to support the market match program in Ukiah: https://www.mendovoice.com/2018/08/lets-start-a-poor-peoples-campaign-for-mendo-opinion/👩🌾🥕🌶🥒🌸 🐖Friends of the Ukiah Farmers MarketPosted by The Mendocino Voice on Monday, September 3, 2018
Hello all and thank you if you've already signed the petition or paid your share to support the Mendo Poor People's Campaign. (Click here to sign the petition.)
If you haven't heard about the Mendo Poor People's Campaign, check out here original article here. In short, we’re trying to rally around the idea that if everyone has access to fresh local food in our area, we will have a healthier, stronger community.
And if you haven't contributed yet, get it over quick and easy by clicking here.
I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress. Right now we’re closing in on 400 people signed on to support the effort for making Ukiah a leader in affordable local food. Sad news is pledges have slowed down a bit from their peak, great news is if everybody who has signed on already gets two friends or family members to sign on and contribute, we would get well over the thousand folks we need.
Other good news, now there's a GoFundMe page for you high-falutin internet savvy types. This means even if you don't happen to be able to make it to the farmers market or the Westside Renaissance Market, you can support this cause right now from your phone or computer. Even though this is quick and easy, please still sign your name on the change.org site to get an accurate number of supporters, and please, please, please continue sharing this effort on social media. Also, don't be distressed if the GoFundMe doesn’t reflect the full goal, the more folks that donate in person, the less we have to pay for processing fees.
That's all for now, please spread the word as best you can, and keep an eye out for more updates here on The Mendocino Voice.
Ben Wolff is a swine-juggler and broccoli aficionado who leases 12 acres in Potter Valley. He does tomatoes, peppers, winter and summer squash, greens, eggplant, broccoli, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, beets, is stubborn and curses too much.
The views stated in this column are those of the writer alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Mendocino Voice.