March 15 , 2007

Q&A

Gabrielle ASKS:
How can I stop my chickens from eating their own eggs?

Noel ASKS:
How can I break into farming gradually?

Louise ASKS:
Is worm farming a possibility for us?

COMMENTARY

SOURCING ORGANIC SEED: THE CONTROVERSY

Farmers need an organized way to improve organic seed quality
We support organic seed, even after battling black rot in 2006.

NOP rule seed allowances help farmers, but make bigger seed business investment more risky
Public-private partnerships, farmer-centered research and stakeholder collaboration with organic rulemakers all needed to strengthen organic genetics.

Organic seed producers have to release high-quality seed to build confidence
Predictable germination is the place to start, with back-up information as available.

Seed quality problematic, as is need for more genetic information
Too often, farmers not offered the organic seed they need.

Vegetable growers in tight rotations can’t afford seeds that fail
Give growers flexibility as dependable seed supply develops.

ASK JEFF

Mark ASKS:
How do I work out a fair land lease agreement?

Bill ASKS:
What can be frost seeded besides clover?

Jim ASKS:
Any advice for getting my farm and greenhouse certified?

Lisa ASKS:
What is the best way to seed a new pasture?