Vote for Farmer D!
MNN's Daron Joffe has been nominated for White House Farmer. Cast your vote before Feb. 1.
Fri, Jan 30 2009 at 10:13 AM
Farmer D could be the first White House Farmer!
MNN's own Daron Joffe is part of a national nomination process that grew out of a push for sustainable food at the White House. The Obamas' personal chef and a local food proponent, Sam Kass, was just named one of the White House chefs. That's good news for those who support local foods ... but he'll need a local garden to make it work. Thus the need for a first farmer.
Cast your vote and though midnight Jan. 31 at The White House Farmer site. (Click on the vote page. There are 100 names — not in alphabetical order, mind you — but Joffe's name is in top 15.) By the way, we've had some trouble voting, but you can watch the vote's progress on the site.
Farmer D is not what most people envision when they think of farmers. Joffe is a 30-something eco-entrepreneur with more than a dozen projects cooking around the nation. Actress Jennifer Garner thinks his turnips “rock” and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson wants him to develop an organic farm at his exclusive New Jersey spa. Known as Farmer D, Joffe also creates Farmer D Organic Compost out of green waste from Whole Foods stores in the southeast U.S. In addition to innovative internship programs that help at-risk youth learn about agriculture, Joffe is involved in creating and sustaining small organic farms in developments around the U.S.
Just this week, Farmer D. swept up several awards at the Southeastern Horticultural Society's Flower Show in Atlanta. The theme was "The Backyard Farm," with an emphasis on creating sustainable soil and food producing gardens.
More about Farmer D:
• Read about Joffe on the Georgia farmer nominees page. (His is the second entry when you open the page.)
• Check out In the Field, his weekly video for MNN.
• Visit Farmer D's site.
• Read Robin Shreeves' blog on Sam Kass, the new addition to the White House chef staff.