Thursday, April 23, 2009

Notes

For those of you that can access NPR, there was an interesting piece on the Hear & Now program with Robin Young.  Her April 22nd show contained a piece on the
Farm Census and its trends and potential impact and an interview with a mid-size farmer in Vermont.  It was very interesting to hear about the growth in small and woman-run farms...you can listen to the show if you go to the website...

On letter writing...I received my third form letter response from White House.  The first was a generic postcard from the fellow in charge of White House correspondence.  (yawn)  The second was another generic postcard, this one signed by a computer with the ability to forge the presidential signature.   And finally a form letter, referencing one of the many topics I have written about, again signed by some automated something or other.  (At least they took the time to read my letter and make the proper choice of form letter to send back...)

Of course, it would be nice if they would get my address right, and send my mail to Petersburgh (with an "h").  I've written and told them of the error...but I don't really expect a change...

4 comments:

kristi said...

I am going to check that out. I have done some reading on Vermont farm woman and have a book called, "Vermont Farm Woman". So what is all involved in the letter writing? I know you posted something about it a while back. I wonder if I get up to Vermont for the Wool Festival....this is definitely worth invstigating:)

melanie said...

Letter writing for me has become a way to vent my own frustration with the state of things but also to communicate to the lawmakers what small, organic farmers and Upstate New Yorkers are thinking. Lots of times I find myself listening to the folks around us and realizing they are right or insightful, and I don't always think they get airtime or eartime with Washington...

Kayten said...

Hi, Melanie,
Apparently, the post office itself lists Petersburgh as Petersburg. This makes me crazy, but there's nothing to do about it, I guess. I still add the "h" and will continue to do so.
Glad I was gone this weekend, or I might have added chickens to the menagerie.

melanie said...

Kayten-
We are such a lazy nation. That mis-spelling comes from widely used computer programs who have it wrong, and nobody wants to take responsibility for fixing it...(sigh)