Rich Silva is on a mission to visit five cities where families have been affected by the September 2006 Spinach E-coli outbreak. At the time, Rich was a farmer working in the San Juan valley of California. This is an area known for great soil and a bountiful harvest of vegetables and fruit. It is an area where people work hard to provide food for a nutritious diet. The area has often been referred to as "America's Salad Bowl"
Although the tainted spinach was not from one of Rich's crops, he and the other farmers were greatly moved by the situation. As Rich once commented, "You don't expect to go to work one day and create something that will hurt someone else".
In September of 2007, Rich was in a hotel breakfast room reading the complimentary issue of USA Today. It chronicled the timeline from the first reported illness to the final finding of the FDA. (see article) Rich was moved by God to make this trip. He felt it was important for the families to know there was an individual on the other end of the outbreak. The farmers were also deeply affected by the outbreak. It wasn't just corporate financial losses. People on both sides have suffered scars that only God can heal.
After a year of planning and preparation, Rich is starting the journey God told him to take. He hopes to spend time with the families impacted by this event as well as everyday people he comes across on along the way.
The trip is schedule to last about 30 days and cover almost 7,500 miles. You can follow along with daily updates at this website.