Most of you are at Food Camp to learn and to share your own knowledge. Today I found that I was too. While I know a lot about food and food systems, I don’t hang out with many young people or non-city folk. I loved a few things about today but watching all of you watch the slaughter of the chicken, was awing. I saw kids go from disgusted, to extremely curious, to introspective to willing to stick their hands in a chicken and pull its guts out. I haven’t eaten meat in several years and today I sampled some of Brittany’s beautiful pork meatballs (probably because I saw how lovingly she treated her pigs). She was so kind to open her home to us and to share her knowledge with us in such a soft-spoken manner. And Felix’s explanation of the cycle and circle of life reminded me to be more consciously grateful for anything that I consume that comes from an animal. But mostly I am grateful for today and the beautiful experience of partaking with such a lovely group of sentient beings who are interested and engaged in the world I live in.
Thanks for letting me be a part of it. – Bettina