Interesting things about the talk:
- She said that many small scale farmers are aging, and work out in the fields well into their 80s. She said it is difficult to get young people interested in farming. One student raised her hand and said that so many people nowadays are focused on money and prestige, and that young people are not likely to see farming as a real job. She said that she found it promising that many college programs in agriculture are seeing increased enrollments in recent years.
- Merrigan emphasized the importance of buying local foods and conveyed the great possible increase in the livelihood of a local economy based on just each person spending $10 per week on local products.
- She put up a picture of a 12 pack case of soda and a pile of fresh vegetables and asked which one was more expensive. Everyone said the vegetables. She said in fact the soda was more expensive, and that a lot of people don't buy vegetables or don't t want to put vegetables in school lunches because they think they are took expensive. She said in fact that a lot of the time they are actually affordable. My friend Jessika afterwards said that not all vegetables are created equal, and we were sure 12 cans of soda would be cheaper than 12 beautiful, huge, locally grown, organic heirloom tomatoes.
- She showed a diagram of a plate with an increased portion of vegetables. She said that some people say that the country does not produce enough vegetables for Americans to eat that increased amount, but in fact she thought that the amount was achievable to grow and would help small scale farmers.