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 Time to plant7 comments
14 Jan 2008 @ 00:57, by skookum. Farming
I know for some of you it is way too early to think about gardening.  More >

 Plant Alarm7 comments
18 Aug 2007 @ 07:41, by swanny. Farming
August 18,2007

Plant Alarm

well I don't like being an alarmist, it usually helps to have a solution configured if one does, but I am perplexed.
My house plants seem to be "stressed". I can't think of whats doing it either unless its the heat or something in the water, air or soil or ?
I did recently get some soil mix which I added to top them up but in the last 2 months or so leaves have been drying up or turning yellow or the latest one sort of turned into jello.
I went also for a walk by the creek south of here and was quite astonished by the number of darkened leaves and brown spots and such in the vegetation.
Now I realize were getting into the time of the year and the spotless perfection of spring does not last but the damage seems increasingly heavy.
And the insect pops are down although I have seen a few bees and such.
At any rate has anyone else noted any similarieties or difference in same.
yet I suppose theres not much that could be done.

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 garden., step two4 comments
picture 5 May 2007 @ 05:32, by skookum. Farming
here is the beginnings of the Spring garden. As you can see the summer garden beyond isn't quite ready. These pics were taken by my daughter Krystal.  More >

 a garden wild9 comments
picture 29 Apr 2007 @ 20:10, by skookum. Farming
In my wild back yard grew an amazing assortment of things that 'volunteered' as my dear mother would have said. I made a passing wish that I had a fig. Voila...there is a fig growing...and I didn't even plant it. My Cherry tree is laden, my grape vines are meandering everywhere.  More >

 Strawberry gardening from the edge..
picture8 Jun 2006 @ 01:58, by hgoodgame. Farming
For the last 10 years I've tried to grow strawberries and every year the deer seem to keep them clipped back drastically, preventing them from really spreading and filling in their alotted area. I was about to give up last year, figuring that if you want to live out in the country, don't fight nature. Even so, as a last ditch effort, before giving in to the deer and buying my strawberries at the store like everyone else, I came up with a hair-brain idea. And it's working!!  More >

 Seeding Time3 comments
13 May 2006 @ 14:56, by swanny. Farming
====May 13, 2006====



Well this pretty much is the weekend that marks seeding and birthing time here in Alberta, CANADA.
Just a hello and a big thankyou to all the farmers, ranchers and gardeners for the important work they do.

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 Imported Organic vs Local Conventional at Whole Foods3 comments
picture 21 Mar 2006 @ 19:19, by raypows. Farming
Imported Organic vs Local Conventional at Whole Foods

Slate Magazine points out in a recent article on Whole Foods that "Let's say you live in New York City and want to buy a pound of tomatoes in season. Say you can choose between conventionally grown New Jersey tomatoes or organic ones grown in Chile. Of course, the New Jersey tomatoes will be cheaper. They will also almost certainly be fresher, having traveled a fraction of the distance. But which is the more eco-conscious choice? In terms of energy savings, there's no contest: Just think of the fossil fuels expended getting those organic tomatoes from Chile. Which brings us to the question: [given the variables of] freshness, price, and energy conservation, should a New Yorker just instinctively choose organic, even if the produce comes from Chile?"

So pretend you live in the Big Apple. What would your choice be?  More >

 Naturally...3 comments
10 Mar 2006 @ 04:20, by skookum. Farming
The sun came out...  More >

 How are the crops doin?5 comments
12 Jul 2005 @ 13:05, by swanny. Farming
Well on to more practical matters...
any farmers out there or in here?
Just wonder how the crops are fairing this year.
Been a strange year whether wise and all.
I see theres more farmers getting into organic produce
and more specialized crops.
hmmmm Some think having stuff from around the world
out of season is a bad thing. What I don't like is that
the flavour seems to have been "bred" out of most things.
The flavour or ....??? spots on my apples.

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
With pink hotels a botique and a swingin hot spot.

We have a nice farmers market here and theres a hutterite
colony that grows some pretty decent stuff near by.
Theyre actually quite inovative and are using their animal wastes
to generate electricity. Methane digestures I think they are.

Do I talk to much?  More >

 Australian Farmers Call for Strict Liability for GMO Pollution3 comments
18 Jun 2005 @ 06:30, by raypows. Farming
Australian Farmers Call for Strict Liability for GMO Pollution

GM WATCH daily
June 15, 2005

Enough of the GM bulldust!

The Network of Concerned Farmers (NCF) today released a comprehensive presentation titled "Beyond the Bulldust of Genetically Modified Crops - the Case for Strict Liability" in both DVD and video format. The presentation details the specific GM benefit, alternatives, risks and the risk management needed to manage this controversial crop.

"We have given specific referenced detail why agronomically and economically GM canola will fail to benefit Australian farmers," said Mrs Newman, the author of the presentation and national spokesperson for the NCF. "We have also explained how and why GM crops are being rammed down the throats of farmers and reluctant consumers."

The Network of Concerned Farmers (NCF), an alliance of conventional and organic farmers throughout Australia are pushing for fair risk management as they wish to maintain the right to market an uncontaminated consumer preferred non-GM product. These farmers are insisting on a strict liabilityregime to ensure farmers are compensated by the GM companies for any economic loss associated with GM crops.

Despite the West Australian moratorium banning the commercial release of genetically modified crops, there has recently been Federal GM wheat trials planted in Corrigin, WA. Farmers themselves are the main investors in this technology through a company called Council of Grain Growers Organisation
(COGGO) who have funded the development of a GM salt tolerant wheat.

"Our wheat customers do not want GM wheat or any trace of it and yet it is possible that pollen could remain viable for up to half an hour on the wind. These trails need wind buffers in order to prevent pollen travelling duringflowering time."

"If the GM companies were liable for economic loss, they would be far more careful."

"Greed, ignorance and arrogance is no excuse to deny fair risk management. There are good reasons why consumers are rejecting GM products but if farmers do not have a choice, consumers will not either," explained Mrs Newman.

The launch was held at Parliament House in Perth and farmers have commenced distributing the presentation to key politicians and others involved in the GM debate with an aim to influence both State and Federal legislation to adopt a strict liability regime.


Julie Newman - West Australia 08 98711562 or 08 98711644  More >

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