This is pretty exciting news, some farmers who normally raise corn, and not for food, but for high fructose corn syrup and ethanol, are taking some of their land and using it to grow fruits and vegetables. This is a win-win. The farmers make 100x more in profit and it helps feed people in healthy ways. This is all good and step in the right direction! Beck’s Cafe readers can check out the details here at the NY Times. Here are some of the juicy snippets:
- While an acre of corn is projected to net average farmers $284 this year after expenses, and just $34 if they rent the land, as is common, an apple orchard on that same acre will make $2,000 or more, according to crop analysts.
- A sophisticated vegetable operation using the popular plastic covers called high tunnels, which increase yields and extend the growing season, can push that figure as high as $100,000.
- “The children of corn farmers are coming back to the farm, and carving out 5 or 10 acres to grow fruits and vegetables,” said Craig A. Chase, the local food and farm coordinator at Iowa State University. “They can easily make $30,000 to $40,000 a year.” While their numbers are too small to be reflected yet in farm data, this new passion for produce is evidence that
government and private efforts to nurture new markets in the nation’s heartland are starting to pay off, federal officials said.
- Corn farmers who have made the switch say that for all the added work, growing fruits and vegetables is incredibly rewarding in ways other than profits. Tim B. Slepicka, who attended the classes, slid into the booth of a diner last summer in St. Charles, Ill., about an hour’s drive west of Chicago, to talk about his budding conversion from corn. But first he plunked his day’s pickings on the table with a huge grin. “Just taste this cucumber,” he said, gnawing one in his other hand.
I’m in bed sick and kinda weepy. I am surfing the web for anyone streaming the Sochi Olympics. The amazing Mr. H. is out shopping for food, for me. He’s going to make me breakfast. It is among the sweetest things anyone has ever done for me (and he has done an incredible number of sweet things for me). Mr. H. is a wonderful man, I am a very lucky and blessed woman. So while I am here in bed surfing I come up on a Reddit post for Humans of New York p. III.
This is great stuff. It is well worth my reader’s time to check it out. In a nutshell photoblogger Brandon Stanton has captured photos of people and their stories in NYC. On the surface, it sounds ho hum, but, when you see the photos and read the stories, (all are one line, to four lines in length) you get something. What you get is a little more sense of people’s humanity around you. Some of it is heartbreaking, some of it is just funny. Some of these will make you cry and some will make you think. It might take 15 minutes to check it out but I’d recommend it. You can see his posts in the “raw” on Imgur (quickest way) or on his blog at Humans of New York (his latest work is there). You can like him on FB or follow him on Twitter. Or buy his book.
Here’s a few quotes from some of the photos…you’ll have to go Mr. Stanton’s blog or Imgur to match ‘em to their photos ~ have fun
From Humans of New York III:
“It is important to maintain your equanimity. You cannot let yourself get too ‘up’ or too ‘down’ based on your circumstances.” “Too ‘down’ I understand. But why not too ‘up?’” “Because the higher your mountains are, the deeper your valleys will seem. You should not react to the world. You should respond, but not react. A response is an action based on logic. A reaction is an emotional state. Your reaction will not change the world. Your reaction only changes you. Your response will change the world.”
“Don’t try to be someone else’s beautiful.”
“Can you take my photo? I have Asian parents that need confirmation I’m working.”
From Humans of New York I
“I worked in mutual funds for most of my life, but I’m in the ministry now.” “Why the switch?” “Well, I grew up in The Faith. Then I ended up working on Wall Street. And I actually enjoyed the work a lot. For me it was less about the money and more about the excitement and buzz of going to work everyday. I enjoyed making deals and getting things done. But in the end, I just missed God.”
“I just try to have fun.” “What’s the most fun you’ve ever had?” “Can’t talk about it. I’m still waiting on my court date.
From the Site
Gotta work all your angles
“I’m around eighty years old. I’m not going to say exactly how old because my friends might see this. But the important thing is to keep moving! I just got back from Carnegie Hall, and yesterday I swam a quarter mile. But that’s nothing. Two years ago I was in Syria when Egypt blew up.”
Tip O the Week. The Gas Buddy Mobile App rocks to help find the least expensive gasoline in a given area. I’ve saved alot of money already using it. Here’s the link to their site http://www.gasbuddy.com/
Here is how it works:
Those purchasing gasoline enter into the application, downloaded onto their smart phone, the price they paid for the gas and the location. Then, when someone else is searching for gas, they open up the application, allow it to use your phones GPS, and presto, within seconds you see the best prices for gas in your area. The nifty web interface on the site works great too.
Google’s Doodle today is about Grace Hopper. Grace was a computer scientist and U.S. Rear Admiral. She was also one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mach I Computer.
This interview of Admiral Hopper by David Letterman is as hilarious as it is informative.
That was the question a frustrated friend shared with me yesterday. I was driving in our car speeding along at about , ahem, 60mph. I was thinking, should I call RH and ask him or should I just look it up? I opted instead to drive safely to work and THEN I looked it up for my friend.
The answer was surprisingly easy. Anyone can click the following link and be brought to a helpful one page guide, A One Page Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace. It is chock full of helpful information including:
- How to tell if you qualify for private plans or public ones (Medicaid)
- About the Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Health Insurance Marketplaces by State
- A hotline to call or live chat should you have questions.
And if you have a few free minutes on your hands and want to understand what the facts (and fantasies) of The Affordable Care act are, Beck’s Cafe recommends checking out Fact Check.org for some balanced and non hype reporting.
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