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Episode 18: In the Chicken Coop

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, – wherever you are, thank you for listening in.

The United Nations designated the year 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).  This year, on May 29, 2019, the United Nations launched  the Decade of Family Farming from 2019 – 2028.  My mother, Frances was a farmer’s daughter.  She knows first-hand the importance of family farming to provide food on the table.

So put the kettle on and listen in as mom and I look back on farming in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Frances and Rebecca

Family farming is essential for offering a way out of poverty and hunger.   The statistics are compelling. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the 570 million farms worldwide are managed by an individual or a family and rely primarily on family labour. Family farms produce more than 80 percent of the world’s food in value terms, confirming family farming’s central importance in world food security today and for future generations.

My grandparents were farmers, but very few of their offspring became farmers.  We have lost touch with the land and have placed reliance on our efficient food distribution services.   There is a growing awareness that we need to find our way back…

Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.

Your visit and presence were very much appreciated.

Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.


By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

7 replies on “Episode 18: In the Chicken Coop”

I love the word “study” – it is a marvelous word to define creativity, knowledge, explorations. I am so glad that you joined the conversation. I am enjoying my conversations with my mother and sometimes, my sister. We just recorded a conversation about time management, which brought out different thoughts on how we value time. I have often thought about the phrase “in my spare time.” Have you ever had any “spare time.”

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When I think about the word “study” itself, I’m always reminded of “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter,” in which the speaker is vexed by the dead child’s brown study “Lying so primly propped.”

I look forward to more “Tea, Toast, and Trivia.” (I have a three-hour drive ahead of me tomorrow as I embark upon my new job. Speaking of needing time management!)

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Thank you for the introduction to “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter.” You have sent me on a research project. (Love them) All the very, very best tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of you as you embark on a new adventure.


This is such fun! How I love to hear Frances reminiscing about former times (auto correct just tried to make that ‘foamier times’ – a whole different subject!!). xxx

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What I find fascinating is that what we think is an innovative idea today has been in place for many decades, indeed centuries. Every generation thinks they are smarter than the generation that came before. I wonderful what 2119 will think of our 2019 world. I am going to check out “foamier time!!!”

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