Speaking of organic farming (see previous post), I got photos of some of the goats yesterday at Place of the Heart Farm not too far down the holler from me:
[Photo by Cathie Bird]
The field they're in used to be overgrown with kudzu, but these awesome goats took care of that pretty much the first season they were there, while the people at Place of the Heart grew all kinds of other stuff -- veggies, fruits, herbs and chickens -- for human consumption (eggs, not the chickens).
Organic farmer's make great neighbors...beats the heck out of coal companies in the 'hood!
If you're looking for a few moments of relief from BP oil disaster depression, check out this article in Alternet by Joshua Frank:
Currently 25 schools around NYC are taking part in a unique program where kids will have a chance, not only to eat whole, organic foods, but also to work in the soil and see little seedlings mature into healthy, edible plants. It's not the first time school gardens have become the flavor of the month, but it's the first time it's happened on a significant scale in the country's largest and most diverse city.
Read the whole article here. Read more about Green Thumbs at work in the Big Apple here.
Send Your Comments to USDA on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Late last year, the USDA released a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Monsanto’s new genetically engineered Round-up Ready Alfalfa. A federal lawsuit, led by the Center for Food Safety and joined by The Cornucopia Institute and other plaintiffs, was won in 2007 compelling the USDA to conduct their first-ever environmental impact statement on a genetically engineered (GE) crop, alfalfa.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the USDA’s assessment approves of releasing a new genetically modified crop into the environment, despite the known risks this version of alfalfa poses to organic livestock agriculture.
Public comments are being accepted until February 16. Please let the USDA hear your voice. A broad coalition, composed of both organic and conventional farmers, is opposing Monsanto’s RR Alfalfa and the USDA particularly needs to hear from those involved with organic agriculture.