don't know if it's our WTO-Cancun coverage, or what, but
the number of visitors to our site has increased by 40 percent in
the last week. We've added dozens of stories on the issues and events
of the World Trade Organization meeting in Cancun since our last
newsletter, including daily audio files and informal grassroots
journal entries provided daily by members of the National Catholic
Rural Life Conference delegation. Check them out if you're interested
in fair trade, subsidies and other issues playing out in Cancun.
All of our Cancun
coverage is listed on our home
Grassroots OPX--prices direct from producer only
farmers markets around the country, straight to you--continues this
week, and we've added a volunteer couple from South Dakota. Jacob
and Holly Limmer moved to South Dakota after college. This winter,
in February, they bought a six acre farm, with no intentions of
going to market the first year--but here they are, near the end
of a season with too much water, then too little. In an email to
us they shared their background and details of their first season.
We decided to reprint that email on the web site. If
you're interested, click here.
Also this week: WEED CONTROL! We
have a very nice piece on what Minnesota farmers are discovering
about rye cover crops as a weed suppressant in no-till soybeans.
We've also shared our own experiments with rye cover crops here
at The Rodale Institute--including information on a front mounted
roller we developed to crimp and kill the rye at planting. For more
on our cover crop coverage, see below.
Farm Aid was great. We
gave away lots of New Farm patches and brochures, met some great
Ohio farmers, signed up dozens of people for the email newsletter,
and rocked to some incredible music, including music by a band you
may not know about: Los Lonely Boys out of Texas. Check them out.
We also chatted with folks from Patchwork Farms, a Missouri cooperative
of hog farmers who are going gangbusters with organic pork. And
there was the guy representing a successful organic dairy cooperative
in Wisconsin ... We'll share these and other stories with you in
coming issues of the web site.
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
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