Michael Schmidt and Elisa VanderHout held a meeting of Glencolton Farms farmshare members last night in Thornhill. Speaking with regard to the recently issued farmshare certificates, both thanked the members for their support in making possible the kind of farming that Glencolton stands for, a kind of farming that respects the land and the animals, and makes every effort to produce the highest quality of milk and milk products. Elisa described how a farm near Glencolton had recently been bought by someone who wasted no time removing the hedgerows and readying the place for the kind of no-holds-barred exploitation of the land that is sadly still in vogue among mainstream farming types in Ontario.
Daily Archives: September 21, 2011
“…On Friday, August 5th, two days before the Food and Freedom Ride began, one of the riders, Courtney Oats, was arrested on a charge of “disorderly conduct” in her hometown of Eupora, Mississippi, before she could even join us. The arrest occurred at her sister’s 14th birthday party in front of 50 children. Tasers were drawn and K-9 units were called in.
The arresting officer had run into Courtney earlier in the day, when she was hanging up flyers announcing the arrival of the Food and Freedom Rides—as well as the groundbreaking for a new community garden. “Bringing people into town can get you into trouble,” the officer said, according to Courtney. Courtney, 21, comes from a family of community organizers that has been harassed by the police before. Her great-aunt was Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Party. Her mother has received death threats on multiple occasions for the work she does. Courtney and her family believe they were unjustly targeted by the police in this instance. Continue reading