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our site for a story has been frustrating for some time now. The
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The farmers market season is here
... and so is THE GRASSROOTS OPX--featuring prices
and observations from local farmers markets around the country,
provided by dedicated volunteers. This week we're featuring prices
from 11 markets, and hope to grow that number to over 25. To check
out this week's prices, or to sign up as a volunteer, click
Looking for farm interns with sharp
pencils, and sharper wit: Are you an intern on an
organic farm this summer ... or know someone who is? We're looking
for a team of interns who can chronicle the ups and downs, joys
and challenges, insights and observations that are the essence of
a farm internship. Interested? Send a sample journal entry of 300
words or less to New Farm Senior Editor Dan Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting to know him ...
Earlier this year we hired Shep Ogden to develop two new tools for
the New Farm web site: an online course on transitioning to organic,
and a simulator tool designed to help farmers analyze the relative
economic benefits of organic versus conventional systems over time.
Shep is in the thick of developing these tools as I write, and we
hope to have them ready for January, 2005.
Why did we choose Shep? He's been an articulate spokesman for organic
and sustainable ag for decades. He founded the Cook's Garden in
1983--the first US company to offer an extensive list of professionally
produced, certified organic commercial varieties of seed. He was
active in the early years of the organic movement in Vermont--including
at The Intervale, a 1200-acre agricultural district in the center
of Burlington, Vermont's largest city. "The exciting thing
about The Intervale," Shep told me, "is that it is one
of the first places where we see enough of the pieces of a sustainable
food system assembled in one place for their synergistic economic
efficiencies to emerge."
He has also written a number of books on organic gardening, and
has a very good sense of the business of farming.
I think the moment I was convinced he was the right candidate for
this position was when a large scale organic grower, a no-nonsense,
very skilled and experienced farmer, gushed about his keynote address
at a conference in upstate New York. You'll see a lot of Shep later
this fall and in early 2005 as he gets out on the conference circuit
to promote the tools he's building. Send any questions or thoughts
you have about the course and simulator to him at email@example.com.
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
Don't forget to check
out our latest Organic
A new future for organic apples in
the east? See below for more details.
Sixty fruits and veggies on 10 acres in remote British Columbia.
For more, see "Transcontinental Farm
Andy Griffin has a show-down with the black radish, and
it's a draw. Check out "CSA Journal"
for details of the fight.