Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

Food for thought

Truth be told, we enjoy playing with our food…

“If you want to feed your family healthy food, you have to ask a lot of questions.” -Yvon Chouinard

Hang around our home long enough and you find that MRS and I really enjoy cooking, eating and drinking. If we have a common love of literature it would be cook books, cooking magazines and bartending books. We care a lot about where our food comes from, especially when we are cooking for the “wee ones.” Where we can we support local, sustainable producers.

The more we learn about food the more interested we get in the sources and sustainability.

It will come as no surprise that I am a big fan of Patagonia. When I heard about Chouinard’s latest experiment with sustainability and food I was excited to see where it went. He has shared many of the products from Patagonia Provisions with me,  the salmon and buffalo jerky being my favorites.

Last year, Patagonia Provisions released a film directed by Chris Malloy, that explores the connection between food and the environmental challenges we face. Two of my favorite foods make appearances.

Revolutions start at the bottom

At the bottom are these little small farmers and fisherman and they are committed to the same things we are which is doing something different. People who are willing to break the paradigm.

Agriculture revolution is not going to come through technology. It is going to come through, in a lot of cases, the old ways of doing things. -Yvon Chouinard

Sound familiar tenkara fans?

I was especially delighted to see Dan and Jill OBrien included in the film. I have been a fan of Wild Idea Buffalo ever since I read Dan’s terrific book, Buffalo for the Broken Heart. It is a fabulous true story about their struggles with ranching and the notion of returning buffalo to the native prairie.

In the PNW salmon are their buffalo. The folks from Lummi Island Wild are harvesting based on an old method. They show and talk about reefnet fishing around Lummi Island.

If you care about your food you should take 30 minutes and watch Unbroken Ground.

Watch Unbroken Ground below

Buffalo Tenkara

I recalled what Yvon had said first thing that morning. “If we can just get them to catch a darned fish. Feel life on the end of that line.” He laughed like a kid himself. “Something they never imagined. Bang. Whole new world.”

Worth a read, the nexus of good in this story, Teach Something, Learn Something by Dan O’Brien is outstanding. O’Brien is a buffalo rancher, Chouinard is an entrepreneur, both are characters I greatly admire. Put them together with some kids from the Crow indian reservation and the tenkara magic happens.

Check it out.

Good Food: Patagonia Provisions has partnered with Wild Idea Buffalo for their Buffalo Jerky

Good People: You can help this watershed by supporting the Bighorn River Alliance.

Source: http://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/blog/teach-something-learn-something