A month of no rain ended mid-June,
capped by 3.5 inches July 4th and another 3 inches July 5th,
according to the bucket-and-yardstick rain gauge.
Our cypress swamp, which had only puddles, is now full and overflowing.
The story goes into some detail about how a few big corporate farmland owners
crowd out small farmers.
She didn’t go for my comparison to Wal-Mart,
and I suppose my comparison to the Highland Clearances was a bit too obscure,
but she got the point and backed it up with documentation.
Then there’s this part:
“Shell of a shell of a shell”
Public records suggest Cascade Investments has bought its farmland
through a web of at least 22 limited liability shell companies
across the country. These shell companies have made it difficult to
find out where and how much farmland the Gateses own even for local
farmers, like John S. Quarterman, a farmer and landowner who grows
okra, corn, squash and other vegetables in Lowndes County on the
southern edge of Georgia.
That’s where the Gateses began buying land in 2013 through two
limited liability corporations registered to an address in Kirkland
by Derek Yurosek, then head of agriculture operations for Cascade.
When Quarterman first heard about Gates’ firm buying land in the
area, he began digging through local property records, linking
addresses and business records from registered owners to
Kirkland-based companies, until he was able to piece together that
the companies buying multiple tracts of land in the Suwannee River
Basin were all a “shell of a shell of a shell company
investing for Bill Gates.” NBC News’ independently confirmed
that there were, in fact, shell companies tracing back to Gates’
firm that purchased 6,021 acres across four counties in Georgia.
We have very little of it.
Nearby, where renters grow cotton doused in Roundup (Glysophate),
they have a lot of it.
Because it has mutated to be resistant to Roundup.
So over there, it’s the only weed growing.
They’ve resorted to everything from 2,$-D to Paraquat to pulling it up by hand.
In our fields, pigweed has to compete with everything else,
and it is not very successful.
We have more issues with dog fennel and sandspurs.
Nothing a little hoe work and weed pulling can’t fix.
Good morning exercise.
We do not use any pesticides.
May has been a bit of a tumultuous month for us on the farm. At the beginning of the month, our Nellie was killed by truck on GA122, at Hagan Bridge. It has stunned us all that such a horrible thing could happen to our pack. Our grieving has been deep and continues.
However, we are lucky to welcome Blondie to the fold. She is a one year old Carolina dog and Honeybun and Yellow Dog are now showing her around the farm, introducing her to the delights of the woods, the fields, and the swamp. We don’t know much about her, she was a stray that managed to find her way to a rescue organization, and from there to us.