Tom H. Johnson Jr. and Mary Caroline Pindar wanted to see the garden
at Okra Paradise Farms.
okra, lady’s fingers, gumbo, ngombo, bhindi, vendakkai, and many other names.
Possibly from West Africa, or Ethiopia, or South Asia.
Requires full sun and hot temperatures with good soil. Continue reading →
An anonymous tip was the basis for a warrant for a SWAT team
to hold small farmers at gunpoint in handcuffs while the cops
took their okra and tomatoes and code compliance officers mowed the grass.
Is your grass mowed to code?
If sometimes not, maybe you’ll agree police militarization has gone too far.
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for
marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden
farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a
Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law
enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The
police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, Continue reading →
According to plant pathologists, this killer round of blight began with a widespread infiltration of the disease in tomato starter plants. Large retailers like Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart bought starter plants from industrial breeding operations in the South and distributed them throughout the Northeast. (Fungal spores, which can travel up to 40 miles, may also have been dispersed in transit.) Once those infected starter plants arrived at the stores, they were purchased and planted, transferring their pathogens like tiny Trojan horses into backyard and community gardens.
Sounds like industrial agricultural distribution strikes again.
The tomatoes pictured grew in sougth Georgia and have no blight, unless you count hornworms, which we do most mornings, picking them off the plants.