Posted on January 22, 2013

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Jeff Pelline's Sierra Foothills Report

“Though we might look different, go to different churches or have different politics, food is something we all have in common,” said urban farmer Will Allen — one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people — speaking at the Nevada County Sustainable Food and Farm Conference this weekend.

The more than 300 people attending the third annual conference in Grass Valley were from varied political, economic and cultural backgrounds. (This is not what you typically see in our county, where like-minded people gravitate toward one another — sometimes creating close-knit, exclusionary groups).

While walking around, I ran into CABPRO Executive Director Chuck Shea. Chuck had a big booth, expressing concerns about too much regulation of small farms. (We’ve bought chickens from Chuck, as I’ve written before).

Then there were the progressives — longtime supporters of the “sustainable” food campaign.

And there were farmers who just wanted to learn the latest…

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