Diane Howard will moderate a farmer panel,
Growers Tell All: A Conversation with Experienced South Georgia Growers about God-Given Talents and 150+ Years of Growing,
South Georgia Growing Local 2014:
Innis Davis and three of the children in his family who help with his
very large backyard garden on Cherry Street, Valdosta.
With a combined 150+ years of experience as growers, these veggie
veterans will interact with members of the audience sharing their
stories which include the following: planting, harvesting, and
preserving by the moon; rotating crop sites; fertilizing;
controlling weeds and insects; saving seed for 50+ years; growing in
containers; and using their talents and techniques of growing to
help friends and 3 generations of family. Serving as a moderator for
this discussion will be Diane Howard who works closely with
individuals in South Georgia to promote growing their own food and
oversees a large garden on her 5th generation family farm in Grady
Quail Hollow Farm was holding a Farm-to-Fork dinner for invited guests,
when a health inspector showed up and forced them to destroy the food.
video of the event
you can hear the arrogance of the inspector:
That’s all the information you need.
Well, no, it’s not.
The inspector said it was a public event because the guests had paid for d inner.
The farmer eventually called their lawyer who said ask the inspector
to see her warrant.
She had none.
But they had already been told their food that they grew with their own hands
was not fit for a public dinner, nor a private dinner, not even to feed
to their pigs.
They were forced to pour bleach on it, making it unfit even for compost.
Given that every food contamination recall in recent years has come
from big factory farms, not from small organic farms,
does this raid seem right to you?
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Deep tilling of crop land pocked and rutted by heavy equipment used on rain and snow soaked, often frozen farm land may not only clean up the land, but may have a significant positive effect on managing herbicide resistant weeds, especially
Back to the future!
“Deep tilling” is the current buzzword for plowing.
That’s how my father farmed, with a bottom plow, a subsoiler, a harrow,
The same article continues to defend no-till:
There is no doubt about the many benefits of minimum or no-till cropping systems. Reduced-tillage saves farmers money in equipment, improves soil quality, improves the environment by making the soil more porous and produces better drainage. The list of benefits goes on and on.
Promotes more erosion, is my observation.
And how does no-till save farmers money if they have to pay for increasing
amounts of pesticides to try to deal with mutant weeds like pigweed?
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