Welcome Kim Davidson: Farmer’s Daughter and NON-GMO seed purveyor.

By on May 17, 2011

Everybody Eats News welcomes Kim Davidson to our guild of dedicated sustainable food writers.  Kim comes to us from Washington State where she sells a variety of non gmo seeds and beans.”I’m an agricultural marketing chick,” says Kim.” Although I’m not a farmer, I am passionate about supporting family farms and helping small farms succeed. It all fits into how we’re building a regional food system and taking a bite out of corporate “farms.”  Yahoo.  

Before I even met Kim, I had been using her cover crop, Mighty Mustard, on my own organic garden.  Such a great product and makes my garden sing.   Kim is here to answer questions you may have about using heirloom seeds, about cover crops,  just about anything from the farm and from the land,  Kim can help us all.  Write to her here.  She welcomes your inquiry. And Kim.  Don’t make fun of those of us who still wear our birkies.  Got us through the sixties.  Still in service now.

Thirty years. That’s how long it’s taken me to get back to the food that I grew up eating. 

Coming full circle is fantastic. Introducing my family to food that’s fresh from the farm is a blessing. The fact that it’s taken me three decades to return to my roots is a story that’s being played out across the country. Here’s mine… 

I grew up on a 40-acre “hobby farm” outside of Fosston in northern Minnesota, where my parents raised chickens, horses, geese, rabbits, and a goat. Truth be told, I did nothing to care for the animals. My friends, Roxy and Becky, lived next door on a real farm. They fed their pigs and milked their cows. They picked rocks in their fields, threw hay bales and worked, I mean really worked, alongside their parents. 

It was in this farming community that I learned where food came from. My parents, like everyone else, had a giant garden. We canned produce. We gathered our hens’ eggs. We drank unpasteurized, raw milk from our neighbors’ cows. We ate our rabbits, delighted in eating our mean roosters, and dined on the occasional squirrel and grouse hunted by my dad. All of our meals were made from scratch by my mom, and we always ate together as a family. 

Fast forward to 2011, where I’m now the happily married mother of two kids in Spokane, WA. We live in a mid-sized city, but I’ll be damned if my kids are “city kids.” My husband and I are determined to make sure our kids eat real food, and lucky for us, there’s a wellspring of local farmers and ranchers who are making it easier for children to really know where their food comes from. 

Spokane is a hotbed of amazing local food producers. Ranchers like Gary Angell of Rocky Ridge Ranch, small farms like P.e.a.c.h. Community Farms & Gardens, and the growers of PNW: Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative. On the retail side, there’s friendly and inventive Main Market Co-op, The Whole Plate and flourishing farmers markets connecting shoppers with local producers. 

I know that the Northwest has a hippie halo. But we’re not all Birkenstock-wearing, bike-riding hipsters. The folks supporting our local food movement are a blend of millionaires, middle class and just-scraping-by neighbors. For us, local food isn’t about being trendy. It’s about making healthy food accessible and affordable for everyone. It’s about building a strong, regional food system that allows local farmers to not only survive, but thrive. 

I’m looking forward to sharing food news with you from my corner of the world, and really want to know what’s shaking with you, too. We’re on this journey together. Let’s enjoy it!——-

Bio:

Kim is a co-owner of Davidson Commodities, an agricultural marketing company started by her dad. She and her brother, Matt, now run the biz. They’re focused on two product lines: Non-GMO specialty lentils, garbanzo beans and green split peas grown by a family of farmers known as PNW: Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, and Mighty Mustard, the only cover crop seed verified by The Non-GMO Project.

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”