I find myself unwinding from the week’s activities at The Cowgirl BBQ – a local BBQ joint in Santa Fe started by two entrepreneurs who “came up with the idea of promoting the culture of the American Cowgirl through the foods of the American West and Southwest.” There’s nothing like getting a little American culture with some good ole’ folk music and BBQ. I can’t help to think how cultural entrepreneurs surround us every day and we don’t even realize it.
The patio air is crisp and I know fall is here as I put my jacket on for the first time since spring. I sit with a few friends planning the weekend’s activities: do we head north to Tres Piedras to climb or south to hike the 11,301 ft extinct volcano known as Mt. Taylor? As we weigh the options, I sit and listen to a young but talented fiddler. We opt for Mt. Taylor.
The background paper focused on good nutritional ideas for very young folks and then exclusively on agricultural development. What is of concern is that much of the past agricultural development initiatives have focused on heavy use of fertilizers as inputs which have both environmental and economic implications.
In Guatemala, for example, fertilizers were kept in single room houses on the floor and often pesticides were also kept there. Spray cans were washed out in the local water stream. Fertilizers and pesticides often have to be imported into countries which has a very negative impact on the use of local currency and excludes many people from the ag economy because of cost. Continue reading →