September, the plants are going to sleep, harvest is well under way and the bounty in my kitchen threatens to overwhelm me. Jars of pickles and dilly beans everywhere. The holy harvest is hanging in the utility room. Soon it will be time to bring in the herb plants and put the gardens to bed for the winter. I have been spending some time lately trying, unsuccessfully so far, to rescue a hive of honeybees from the wall of the seeds warehouse at Fedco. This really is my favorite time of year.
Oh and it is election season. Or as one of the characters on the BBC version of “House of Cards” likes to call it: the silly season. And all politics is local so here is my take on the Waldo County Maine races. Readers from-away may want to stop reading at this point.
Driving my favorite candidate, Brian Jones, around Knox while he knocks on doors it doesn’t seem so silly. He is connecting with his constituents yet again. And they seem to like him. His opponent is weak, at best, so I think he stands a really good chance of being our Representative again; which is great news for those of us who spend our time testifying before the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. We have several strong advocates on that committee but none who cut to the chase quite as well as Brian.
We have several great candidates locally. People who really care about the people they represent. Jonathan Fulford, Brian Jones, Paige Brown. Not people who just claim on 20 foot high billboards that they are “fighting for farmers.” Well, Mike Thibodeau, I don’t know how you can claim to be fighting for farmers when you won’t even speak with them. In fact you turn and walk away from them in the halls of the legislature. It would be more honest to say you are “fighting for big agribusiness.” You were one of only four senators to vote against the GMO labeling bill, an act that among other things would have aided the bottom-line of organic farmers.
Mike is a Tea Party Republican through and through. But Jonathan is a hard-working, smart, dedicated person with great politics who is running an outstanding campaign. Mike is running scared and I, for one, am grateful. And besides I live and breathe this stuff. Growing things is great fun but political action is the meaning of life for me.