Letter From The Editor
For the last nine months Moomah the Magazine has been working alongside organizations that share our imperative to teach children about the importance of healthy living…healthful foods and compassionate living.
Through this work we’ve become aware of our biggest obstacles and none seem as ominous and diabolical as the impact that corporate-controlled, industrial food systems have on our health, our children and the animals we claim to care about. We carefully mete out antibiotics to our own children while corporations give them to animals with abandon because they are raising animals so unhealthy that without antibiotics they’d never make it to our tables. We cheer for the police officer that stops traffic to let a duck family cross the road. We rally for the goat that escapes the slaughterhouse but we turn a blind eye everyday to the atrocities that our food system engages in. We don’t want to know what really goes on because we fear our hearts won’t be able to handle the sadness but our ignorance threatens the health of our children.
I believe more and more parents are going to become crusaders to take back our food system. Disease, syndromes and handicaps are plaguing our children. Healthy food has become more and more inaccessible to those without means. Corporations take away the ability of family farmers to enjoy full ownership and control over their farms. They are straddled with unmanageable debt. They are forced to be complicit in unhealthy practices and inhumane treatment of animals. They are in desperate situations. Our nation is becoming sicker and sicker. These corporations know we are busy. They take advantage and go unchecked.
As parents we need to show that true healthy food and humane animal practices matter to us. We’re all busy but there are a lot of us. If we all do a little better a lot of good is possible.
Doing a little better can be a lot of fun. This issue of Moomah Magazine is all about The Farm, and how it can help us live sustainable lives. Spend some time with us on farmer, beekeeper and soapmaker Meg Paska's Seven Arrows Farm. This summer we helped her plow the fields and muck the stalls and boy did we reap the benefits. There's nothing more delicious than food you've picked yourself! And only a few days after New York Honey Week, Meg is sharing all there is to know about bees and giving us a lesson on how to make scented beeswax candles. We're taking a closer look at the world inside the hive, and appreciating the magical honeybee for everything it does for us and our environment. We're also getting to know some of our more obvious farm friends a little better, teaming up with our favorite organization, Farm Sanctuary, to meet some unlikely friends and even getting the chance to bring some of them home to the city!
This whole experience has touched my life so much that I’ve even left the city and bought a farm! Poor Lisel and Rachel are still city dwellers but they’ll show you how to bring some of that goodness back to the city with the help of Good Eggs. Good Eggs is an online local grocery connecting local farmers with those consumers looking to live healthier, fresher, more sustainable lives, and delivering those beautiful goods to your doorstep. After paying a visit to their Brooklyn food hub and taking a look behind the scenes at the way their business runs, we decided there would be no better partner to help us support local farmers and become at-home farmers ourselves. They are the sponsor of this Make Nice Mission.
Moo, Baa, La La La,
Editor in Chief
Moomah the Magazine
PS: You will notice that Moomah the Magazine has a sponsor for this issue! Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for incredible non-profits. If we love your company and products and you're willing to help us spread the word about the non-profit we're working with, we're happy to share the page with you! This month we thank Good Eggs for their contribution and support for The Farm Issue.
PPS: It's been a while between Issues! We are excited to announce we have been happily working diligently on our very first book! More details on this exciting project to come.
On The Farm
This season the farm is comes to you!
The socially responsible pieces that will have you living the farmer life.
Snagging the last of the summer crop to last us through the winter.
The folks at Good Eggs are introducing us to some interesting produce on the market.
Giving us the buzz on bees and the world of sustainable beekeeping.
Meet the rescued friends who call Farm Sanctuary home.
Beekeeper, Meg Paska, teaches us how to use left over bees wax wisely.
What happens when you positively, absolutely can't stop yourself from doing your child's homework.