round 2 in the great Extenstion debate. Two
more people have weighed in on the role of Extension in organic.
See below for more. As always your thoughts and comments on these
and other issues are welcome and appreciated.
This week on NewFarm.Org we start
a new series ... Lisa Hamilton, an exceptional writer
from California, has been working for several months on a series
about Shumei Natural Agriculture, a farming movement driven more
by yearnings than yields. See below for more details.
See you at Farm Aid. We'll
have a booth at the Farm Aid concert on September 7 in Columbus,
Ohio. If you're there, stop by and say hi!
New poll this week. And
the question is .... "Which direct marketing option generates
the most income for you?" Take
the poll on our home page.
We hope you do, in fact, have many diverse revenue
streams. Two of our columnists this week point out how essential
diversity is in both production and marketing. In her letter from
New York, Mary-Howell Martens talks about defensive farming, where
diversified crops insure that at least something will do well when
the weather doesn't cooperate. In her CSA Notebook, Wisconsin's
Linda Halley points out that a diversified marketing plan insures
that you have markets for the excess produce your CSA members can't
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
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out our latest Organic