By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Organic is organic, or is it? It would seem that it is all a matter of perspective when one takes a stroll through the mountains of documents on the FDA and USDA websites.

The word “organic” is fast becoming a high-dollar money-maker for corporations smart enough to jump on the bandwagon and start marketing their products as “made with organic ingredients,” or “certified organic.” Even Monsanto is taking advantage of this burgeoning market, and people naïve enough to believe that what we have traditionally thought of as pure, organic food, is still that way, are being duped.

It makes perfect sense, however, in a Machiavellian sort of way. Flood the food supply with poisons, then lead people to believe that the only safe choice left is USDA Certified Organic. Then buy up the organic companies one by one, and start changing the “organic” rules from the inside out via the bought and paid for government agencies so that you can reap the profits from those trying to escape the poisons.  (more…)

The Heirloom Organics Seeds of Action! program provides seeds and assistance, free of cost, to non-profit groups and organizations throughout North America, who are using seeds for community service projects.

Here you will see accounts of the various group projects occurring around the country, which Heirloom Organics is supporting. If you have a group you believe qualifies, you can apply to the program on these pages as well.

http://www.non-hybrid-seeds.com/soa.html

Heirloom Organics is proud to support school groups, church organizations, community gardening groups, summer camps, Native American groups, community action groups, self-reliance initiatives, open-pollinated group projects and others.

If you are in charge of a group or organization that you believe qualifies for the Seeds of Action! program, follow the link below and fill out the assistance request form and provide the following items:

http://www.non-hybrid-seeds.com/soa.html

1. A brief description of your group or program that will use the seeds.
2. A brief description of your garden plan (size, what varieties, how it will be developed)
3. A Picture of your group and/or garden plot (by e-mail)
4. Permission to publish your story.

My raspberry plants are coming up this season, and I can’t wait to try this recipe. It has no processed sugar or chemicals, as it uses Rapadura, a dried, unrefined, naturally evaporated sugar cane juice that contains all the original natural vitamins and minerals that are processed out of refined sugar.

 

sri

Barb’s notes:

GMO proponents like to say that the use of their products, which include proprietary pesticides and patented seeds that have to be purchased yearly, along with no-till land management, is the solution to world hunger. This is not true. There is an organic solution that is far superior, that actually improves the soil each year, increases crop yields by 50-100%, and cuts seed costs by 80-90%.

Read the following article by SRI, and watch the videos to see how this is done with rice. According to the SRI website, “SRI concepts and methods have been successfully adapted to upland unirrigated rice, and they are now being extrapolated to other crops like millet, wheat and sugar cane.”

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The System of Rice Intensification known as SRI – also as le Systéme de Riziculture Intensive in French and la Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo Arrocero* (SICA) in Spanish — is a methodology for increasing the productivity of irrigated rice cultivation by changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients. SRI practices lead to healthier, more productive soil and plants by supporting greater root growth and by nurturing the abundance and diversity of soil organisms. The agroecological principles that contribute to SRI effectiveness have good scientific bases. SRI concepts and methods have been successfully adapted to upland unirrigated rice, and they are now being extrapolated to other crops like millet, wheat and sugar cane.

SRI does not require the purchase of new seeds or the use of new high-yielding varieties. Although the highest yields with SRI have been obtained from improved varieties, most traditional or local varieties of rice respond well to SRI practices and command a higher market price. And while chemical fertilizer and agrochemicals can be applied with SRI, their use is not required as organic materials (compost, manure or any decomposed vegetation) can give good or even better results at low cost. Farmers report that when SRI methods are used correctly, rice plants are better able to resist damage from pests and diseases, reducing or eliminating need for agrochemical protection.

Because plant populations are greatly reduced with SRI, seed costs are cut by 80-90%, and because paddy fields are not kept continuously flooded, there are water savings of 25 to 50%, a major benefit in many places. However, cessation of flooding means that increased weeding is required. If this is done with soil-aerating implements like a rotating hoe, this cost has a benefit of enhanced crop production.

SRI does require skillful management of the factors of production and, at least initially, more labor, particularly for careful transplanting and for weeding. Since yield increases are usually 50 to 100%, and possibly several times present levels, the returns to labor can be very great. The profitability of rice production can be greatly increased when yield goes up with a reduction in the costs of production. As farmers gain skill and confidence in SRI methods, their labor input in fact decreases, and over time SRI can even become labor saving compared with conventional rice-growing methods.

SRI is a work in progress, with improvements continually being made, including better implements and techniques that further reduce labor requirements. Farmers are encouraged to make their own improvements in SRI methods and to share experience within the farming community. Yield is the most evident (and controversial) feature of SRI, but many other considerations are also driving its spread around the world. Additional information on SRI benefits such as resistance to drought and storm damage, shorter time to maturity, and more milled rice resulting when SRI paddy is processed can be found in a paper on: Features of the System of Rice Intensification apart from Increases in Yield.

 

A short introduction to GMO and Monsanto.

Barb

“This is an important message about genetically modified foods, and the implications for human health and the biosphere of our planet.

These technologies have not been properly tested, and I ask you to do your own research into the issue, this is simply an introduction.

Wake up world. The awakening is here.” (academianon)

 

In this day and age of GMO grains and veggies, one way to make sure that you have an endless supply of your own organic seeds is to save your own.

I will start this series of videos with the collection and storage of tomato seeds.

The first step towards collecting and storing your seeds  is to grow your own tomatoes in a container, open garden space, or whatever area you have designated for growing your own food. Now you have the foundation for creating your very own seed bank.

Make sure the seeds you use for your garden are organic heirloom seeds. These seeds can be purchased at a number of online retailers specializing in organic seeds, just Google “organic seeds.” Get them while you can, then start saving your own.

If you have a packet of seeds and are unsure whether or not they are GMO, just Google the seed company and search their site. Most companies that have non-GMO seeds will tell you on their site. If you cannot find the information on the site, get the phone number and call the company. If they say they don’t know, or do not say right away that their seeds are non-GMO, then run, do not walk, away.

Remember that legislation is brought forth constantly by the Monsantos of this world to destroy the organic protections we now enjoy by including new rules for organic certification allowing GMO, irradiation, and sewage sludge. So don’t assume, ask.

Here is the video on collecting and storing your tomato seeds:

Barb

victory-garden

Whether or not your reason for growing your own food is because you want to stop global warming, make sure your family is fed in the coming depression, or simply want to grow your own food for health reasons, the idea is sound. We need to become more independent as individuals so that if/when the bottom falls out of the economy, we will not be among the many who starve due to lack of skills and knowledge to grow our own food when the shelves are bare.

A site with useful information on reviving Victory Gardens can be found HERE.

Excerpt from the site:

What is a Victory Garden?

   

During World War I and World War II, the United States government asked its citizens to plant gardens in order to support the war effort. Millions of people planted gardens. In 1943, Americans planted over 20 million Victory Gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly a third of all the vegetables consumed in the country that year. Emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort — not a drudgery, but a pastime, and a national duty.

The emphasis on the linked site is to revive the Victory Garden to stop global warming. For those who believe that global warming is a scam, this does not invalidate the site’s useful information. As with anything, eat the fish and spit out the bones. Use the links on the site to find out what fruits and vegetables you can plant in your particular zone, where to get non-GMO seeds, etc.

I cannot emphasize strongly enough that we need to be prepared to feed our families ourselves and not depend on the grocery stores to do it. We are in for hard times as a nation and as individuals. Don’t wait. Start now and you will be in full swing when the time comes that you will no longer be able to afford or even get food elsewhere.

Again, here is the LINK to the Victory Garden site.

Barb