A good journalist friend of mine once told me, if you want folks to pay extra attention to what you have to say, illustrate with images of children or animals. He was completely correct in this. Not only does everyone love stare attentively at images of kids putting their cute on, it turns out that walking around just about about anywhere with a camera visibly held in your hand is a magic wand that makes children flock to you.

And the flocking kids will answer just about any question that you throw at them. And discuss it en group. In my case the questions are fairly kosher, having to do with their experience and interest with regard to food production. Gardening and cooking.

Debra Solomon