by Nancy Stiles
Slow Food St. Louis' monthly discussion about our local food system is tonight at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337). September's topic is farming and fracking and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on small rural farms.
At 7:30 p.m., following the Schlafly Farmers' Market, Jason Shoot and Tabitha Tripp will be speaking about the impact of fracking on Missouri and Illinois agriculture. Shoot is a farmer at Frontwards Farm in Makanda, Illinois, near Carbondale. He'll talk about the recent fracking measure passed in Illinois without input from farmers.
Tripp has been working with Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment for the past two years. She lives on a fourth generation farm in unincorporated Union County -- where their only source of water is a deep well. Whether you're for fracking, against it, or just want to learn more, come be a part of the discussion.