This is a guest post written by one of our earliest and staunchest supporters on Patreon, Miriam. We wanted to share her message with you, as we feel it captures the ethos of TFF and why we need your investment to create this movement.
I discovered the TFF boys sometime in the first half of 2016, intriguingly through their YouTube channel. That led me to their podcast, and I became a fan. Their message resonated deeply with me: I’m a plant-based human, an athlete (a determined, albeit slow, one), a lover of mountains and the outdoors, a scientist, a science-geek, and a fan of nutrition science.
My journey into plant-based nutrition has been anything but straightforward, hampered by lack of information about diet itself, and about how to make such diet affordable. These were the days of veganism before YouTube, and social media, and Thug Kitchen. It was tough, y’all.
The Thought For Food Podcast opened a new world of possibilities that I didn’t know was there. I was no longer a plant-based island living in the heart of America’s farm and cattle country, tired of answering questions about the whereabouts of my protein. They made me realize there was a community of people out there who also ate plants, and strove to do epic shit, hopefully in the mountains.
And then there was their content. Folks, their podcast is really good. Their What’s the Deal episodes are simply outstanding. They really are. I like all of their episodes, interviews, Randoms, Q&As, WTD’s … I enjoy the variety of subjects and topics, but, in the case of TFF it went beyond merely enjoyment. I enjoy all kinds of podcasts, I’m quite the podcast junkie. But although there are many that I enjoy, there are few from which I learn, really learn. I don’t learn from every single TFFP episode, but I have learned from many, especially the nutrition-science focused ones. I’m a scientist and a science educator, and I love to learn.
Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning.
For months I listened. For a few months I heard them talk about their Patreon page, and how they were looking for support. But the content kept coming. I figured someone else could do the heavy lifting. It’s not that I didn’t understand the need for supporting content that I rely upon, I’ve been a supporter of local public radio stations for years. It’s simply that I got lazy. I was, let’s be honest, hypocritical. I wanted TFF to succeed and continue, but I wasn’t willing to do my part.
It’s the cost of a latte, you’ll hear. Well, I don’t buy lattes. Really, I don’t. I don’t drink coffee, but, also, I don’t have the money to spend on frivolities. But I do have the money to spend on things that matter to me, things that help me grow.
Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning. They help me grow.
So I decided to become a Patreon supporter of TFF. Why? Because they have produced amazingly informative episodes, and they have done so without barely any help. Many other podcasts that I enjoy have a much broader and permanent support base. Aaron and Jackson were doing this solo, while juggling families, careers, studies … they were, and are, spending their very valuable and incredibly scarce free time to research, synthesize, collate, organize, compose, and deliver incredibly well put-together, informative episodes on nutrition science and vegan parenting. All so that I could then listen to said well-curated information during my free time, while I was on my bike, or out for a run, or walking the dog … They sacrificed their free time so that I could doubly enjoy mine. It didn’t seem fair. It isn’t fair.
Good content is not free. Jackson and Aaron need our help. I don’t want to see TFF slowly wither away. I believe they have the chops to make it far, with my help. With our help.
Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning. They help me grow. I must support that which helps me grow, and which desperately needs my support. I hope you do too.
Help us create a movement and be part of this mission: https://www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood