Riches galore ... The ethics
of wildcrafting. Organic grain farmers in MN rescue an abandoned
processing facility. Getting a handle on the organic octopus. A
farmer/grocery chain compost collaboration. Three generations of
organic grain farmers in Canada. Reader mail. Book reviews. Research.
News. See below for details.
Let's ask Jeff. Jeff
Moyer is the farm manager here at The Rodale Institute. He's been
farming organically for 27 years, and has been managing the research
trials here for the last 23 years. The guy knows organic farming,
and he gets lots of emails from readers of his monthly column asking
for practical help with cover crops, or weeds, or equipment purchases.
We've decided to make these email exchanges a more regular part
of New Farm, starting with this installment. And to make things
even more interesting, and helpful, we've invited folks from The
Institute research team to add their insights. Check out their advice
this week on battling velvet leaf and oversowing winter grains to
establish pasture. You'll find links on the New
Farm homepage under Reader Mail.
And the winner is ... Two
weeks ago we announced that farmers on our Farm Locator listing
would be eligible to win a beautiful New Farm hat. We're handing
out one a week for the forseeable future--and we have our first
winner, Mary Lu Lageman of Grailville Farm. To find out more about
her farm and the Farm Locator, go
to the New Farm homepage.
Speaking of hats ... When
we graced the web site with a photo of dapper Dave Wilson (one of
our researchers) sporting a New Farm hat, we got lots of emails
from folks asking if they could buy the hat, even if they didn't
win it in the Farm Locator drawing. And the answer is now YES. The
hats are available on our store for a special price of $14.95 (normally,
$19.95). They're 100 percent organic cotton, and they look great
even on folks like myself who don't do hats well. To go directly
to the hat sales page, click
The farmers market season
is almost upon us, and that means the GRASSROOTS OPX--featuring
prices and observations from local farmers markets around the country
provided by dedicated volunteers. Now, all we need is the volunteers.
We're looking for at least one hundred folks around the country--for
at least two farmers markets in every state--who will commit to
gathering prices once a week throughout the market season. For more
on this opportunity to help other New Farm readers, click
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
Don't forget to check
out our latest Organic
Would you trust this guy to help you plan your crop rotation?
For more, see "Let's ask Jeff,"
By popular demand, the New Farm hat is now
available for sale in
our online store.
What to do when the weather kicks you when you're down. See below: