Community – The wave of the future is here

It seems as time progresses that an ever increasing number of people are starting to stand up and say "I want to live in a real community!" However, what defines community is somewhat elusive and can be highly variable. The definition of community depends upon the individual, family, or even a group of people. For some it is just reaching out to and interacting more with their neighbors while others are leaving the cities and joining like minded people to start a whole new village - eschewing what they consider the oppressiveness, the high crime rates to find or build something better. They...
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Taking a Stand on Organic Regulations Again: Organic Fraud

Taking a Stand on Organic Regulations Again: Organic Fraud
How refreshing it was to watch (see video below) Michael Potter, Chairman and President of Eden Foods, in his testimony before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Many are too young to remember that back in the early 1990s there was quite a bit of concern and protest going on in the health food stores and among the organic food co-op's. The fear back  was that the USDA and the now NOSB would ruin the organics industry in some manner. Prior to the USDA taking over organic regulation it was actually quite difficult for growers and farmers to meet the very strict organic regulations. ...
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Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

I had been a devoted "certified organic" shopper for 25 years, when something struck me while shopping in a well known supermarket in 2003. While selecting broccoli in the produce section I couldn't help but notice that the appearance of both the conventionally grown and the "certified organic" broccoli looked exactly the same! I picked up a bunch of each; felt them, smelled them, both seemed exactly the same... so, I bought both to perform a little experiment. I continued my shopping and as I walked each isle I began wondering... how was it that just a mere few years ago that none of my lo...
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Selling Your Produce Directly to Restaurants: Offer Up-and-Coming Culinary Herbs

I have grown all of the herbs listed in this article, it's easy to do provided you give the plants what they require. I purchase most of my seeds  from Johnny's Select Seeds, I find them easy to grow and they make excellent additions to salads and many dishes. Mints and Lavender are best when purchased as plants. This article (below) is from the March 2011, Johnny's Seeds newsletter, part of a series of articles on small farms and those who have large gardens who are turning to selling to their local restaurants and chefs. As this welcomed trend continues I think we can expect more super fresh...
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Selling Produce to Restaurants: Grow Mini-Head Lettuce

I thought this article from Johnny's Select Seeds, March 2011, newsletter was interesting as more and more serious people are supplementing their income; or are going all out and creating large gardens or small farms to cater to their local restaurants. I found the advice in this article a great starting point for those who are turning towards their local community and its needs. Grow Mini-Head Lettuce Small heads of lettuce are increasingly popular with chefs, high-end supermarkets, and urban farmer's markets. They are tender and flavorful with no bitterness. They are much easier to harve...
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Tips: Selling Your Produce Directly to Restaurants and Chefs

Sometimes all we need to know are the basics to get going. I found this article in Johnny's Select Seeds, March 2011, newsletter to be one of those little gems that plants a seed in our minds and inspires us towards directions we might not have considered otherwise. Like many, I find the local and slow foods movements to be right up my alley. It's so much more fun to shop for fresh produce from people you know and live near... not to mention keeping more of the money within the local economy. Those who are getting started in selling to local restaurants or chefs this year may find these wor...
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