Elodie Chicoine: CISA’s Field Notes Storyteller | Connecting Point | Nov. 19, 2019
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Elodie Chicoine: CISA’s Field Notes Storyteller | Connecting Point | Nov. 19, 2019


>>>IT’S BEEN SAID THAT FARMERS
HAVE THE BEST STORIES. THAT’S WHY THE ORGANIZATION,
COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN SUSTAINING AGRICULTURE, OR CISA, IS HOSTING
FIELD NOTES, AN AFTERNOON OF STORY TELLING THIS SUNDAY AT THE
ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN NORTHAMPTON. 10 LOCAL PEOPLE INCLUDING
FARMERS, CHEFS AND GARDNERS WILL TAKE THE STAGE TO SHARE THEIR
OWN REAL LIFE STORIES ABOUT LOCAL FOOD AND FARMS, RANGING
FROM THE HISSER THE CAL TO THE PRO FOUND —
THE HYSTERICAL TO THE PROFOUND. SHE’LL BE SHARING HER STORY, AND
OUR PRODUCER SAT DOWN WITH HER TO LEARN MORE.>>I’M FOURTH GENERATION, SO MY
GRANDPARENTS BOUGHT IN FARM AND MY GRANDFATHER MOVED HIS DAIRY
HERD FROM WARE, MASSACHUSETTS HERE TO EASTHAMPTON ON THE IN
1933. THEN THEY RAISED MY FATHER AND
AUNT AND UNCLES HERE. AND THEN I, THE NEXT GENERATION
I GREW UP HERE AND NOW MY SON AND GRANDSONS ENJOY COMING HERE
TO THE FARM. AFTER MY GRANDPA HENRY PASSED
AWAY, MY FATHER PICKED UP NOT ONLY THE PROCESS OF PURSUEING IT
INTO A.P.R. BUT PURCHASING THE
FARM AND MOVING FROM UP THE ROAD TO HERE TO OFFICIALLY TO THE
FARMHOUSE. I GREW UP ON THE FARM, LEFT THE
FARM TO PURSUE EDUCATION, TO GO TO SCHOOL. AND OVER TIME ENDED UP WITH MY
DEGREE IN EDUCATION. I’M VERY INTERESTED IN THE
INTERSECTION OF EDUCATION AND AGRICULTURE. I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF LIFE
LESSONS TO BE LEARNED ON THE FARM. I’M ABLE TO CARRY THOSE WITH ME
INTO THE CLASSROOM. SO I NOW WORK AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL
IN AN ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROBLEM. SO THESE ARE KIDS THAT NEED
CREATIVE WAYS TO ACCESS EDUCATION. SO MUCH OF THE WAY THAT I CARRY
MYSELF THROUGH LIFE WAS LEARNED HERE ON THE FARM. SOME PEOPLE CALL IT GRIT, SOME
PEOPLE CALL IT COMMON SENSE. THERE’S ALWAYS WORK TO DO,
THERE’S NEVER ANY TIME TO BE BORED OR HANGING AROUND. RAISING COWS ON PASTURES THAT
ARE ORGANIC AND NO GMO’S, NO HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS EVER. MY MOM AND DAD TOGETHER MADE A
PLAN TO RAISE THEIR FAMILY WITH WHOLE SOME WHOLE FOODS. SO THAT’S A BIG INFLUENCE ON THE
FARMING HABITS HERE. NOT ONLY THE PASTURED POULTRY
AND THE 100% BEEF, BUT IN A WAY THAT MAKES US A GOOD STEWARD TO
THE EARTH. THE COWS HERE AT THE FARM LIVE
THEIR DAILY LIFE VERY CLOSELY WITH US, LIKE EVERY DAY MY DAD
IS OUT THERE FEEDING OR CHANGING THE PASTURE IN THE SUMMERTIME
THEY ARE OUT ON PASTURE, THEY ARE ROTATIONALLY GRAZED. AND THEY HAVE A SYMBIOTIC
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LAND, THEY EAT THE GRASS AND THEN GIVE BACK
TO THE SOIL, AND IT’S ALIVE. SO IT’S THAT REGENERATIVE
FARMING WHERE THERE’S THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COWS
AND THE LAND. REASON I WANTED TO DO FIELD
NOTES IS BECAUSE A LOT OF OUR FAMILY GATHERINGS CENTER AROUND
REMEMBER WHEN STORIES. AND THAT’S PART OF WHAT I VALUE
AS ENTERTAINMENT AND LIKE CONNECTING THE HISTORY TO MY
CURRENT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE. THEN THE STORY THAT I’M GOING TO
SHARE AT FIELD NOTES IS A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT IT
CHANGED ME, IT CHANGED ME FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY TO
THE END, AND NOT ONLY AFFECTED ME BUT MY SON.
AND NOW HIS CHILDREN. BEING INVOLVED IN FIELD NOTES IS
NOT ONLY GOING TO STRETCH ME TO DO SOMETHING I’VE NEVER DONE
BEFORE, GET UP ON STAGE AND TELL A STORY, BUT ALSO SHARE SOME OF
THE THINGS THAT I REALLY VALUE HERE AT THE FARM. WITH THE BROADER AUDIENCE.

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