You may not have heard of Warren Taylor, and you might not yet have enjoyed his product, Snowville Creamery, but he has something to say that informs your future.
When I first met Warren in 2009, I assumed he was in the dairy business, as the milk producer with his farmer friends & neighbors in Meigs County, Ohio. A few years ago he partnered with dairy herders who allow their cows to graze on the local meadows. THIS is the distinction that gives Snowville the edge that make it a consumer favorite. As with much in Meigs, it’s the grass. If you stay current with Friends and events on Facebook, here is how Snowville progresses.
Warren invited me to hear his keynote speech closing a sustainable local food conference at OSU Friday. I am so grateful for this opportunity, as he reminded me of the inspiring warnings of Wendell Berry, the pastoral poet-farmer in Kentucky.
Warren also spoke of a progressive solution to our ever-threatening cancer of corporate socialism disguised as capitalism… we’re all superficially familiar with localism. Columbus residents have increasingly become more supportive of central-Ohio food producers who bring their harvest into the various community farm market in the season. But there is much to do to get better. Yes, it is tempting to save a few cents at a big box, national/internationally-owned retailer, but consider the REAL cost, not merely the nickels & dimes. You may have to drive your petroleum-guzzling vehicle to shop there, as they’re usually located on the outer rim rather than in central cities & neighborhoods. You might be ignoring your local store-owner in this process, further unraveling the social & cultural fabric of your neighborhood. And in all likelihood, if you shop in big boxes you will not be informed of delicious, fresh, grass-sourced milk from less than 100 miles away. When we purchase Snowville, almost 100% of our dollar remains in Ohio. This is milk that is priced according to it’s real cost to produce, as most chain-store grocery milk is artificially priced due to federal agriculture subsidies lobbied to Congress. Further, Snowville uses far less fuel to ship dairy products to customers, which also explains a longer shelf-life and the fresher taste. Snowville pays Ohio employees more than their agri-business counterparts, and of course those paychecks are spent in Ohio.When this consumer-based preference of locavorism is practiced around the US, and around our Earth, Warren calls it GLOCALISM. But let’s consider this in a future post.
All in all Friday afternoon, Warren wanted us aware that the luxury of complacency is too expensive for our way of life. We either board the bus of grassroots democracy for the sake of our families, neighborhoods, towns & cities, or, as an Ohio politician warns, we’ll get thrown under the bus. Shop locally. Purchase experiences, instead of stuff, i.e., yoga classes, music lessons, dining at locally-owned restaurants, candle-making, local music, massages. Chances are, your house already contains too much stuff.
My takeaway…Warren Taylor’s product isn’t milk. Snowville Creamery is merely a residual dividend. His ultimate product is revolution…changing the way most Americans eat, work, and vote. He’s a dangerous man. This was presented on Good Friday, when another dangerous man was feared so much by global powers that he was hung on a tree. Warren suspects that if Jesus returned today he’d again get hung on a tree.
Finally, a closing from Wendell Berry:
Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.