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  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012

    01/20/2012 9:56:41 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 163 replies
    January 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was really glad that the last of my garden had frozen. Being blessed with a long growing season is not always what it's cracked-up to be. You understand ... gardening is hard work! When it lasts from March or April until December, it can get tedious.Then, yesterday, my first order of seeds that I don't need came in from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. Four beautiful little envelopes that sound like maracas; Baby Lincoln Leeks, Tres Fine Maraichere Endive, Beaumont Broccoli, and Large Fruited Mixture Ornamental Gourds.I am stoked.Yep,...
  • Draft horse dies at Pa. Farm Show

    01/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PST · by dickmc · 62 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | January 14, 2012 | Laura Olson
    HARRISBURG -- Tuesday evening was showtime for Mark, a burly 6-year-old Belgian draft horse competing in the Farm Show's pulling event. He had trained on a farm in Fulton County with a couple interested in buying him. But his owners decided they couldn't part with the animal, and brought him home before entering him in the state competition. He and his partner pulled a full load in the competition, carrying a sled with more than 8,500 pounds of weight, but he collapsed as he was being unhooked. He was declared dead shortly afterward, from what likely was an aneurysm or...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Seeds) Vol. 2, January 13, 2012

    01/13/2012 8:25:57 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 176 replies
    January 13, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everybody! It is cold and clear here in NE Louisiana, zone 8a, we should reach 50° today under sunny skies. We've received several inches of rain in the past 3 weeks, so there will be no garden prep for a while yet, but the sunny sky has a way of getting me in the mood. In last week's thread we discussed our seed and supply catalogs. This week I intended to discuss saving seeds from our own harvests, and starting seeds indoors. In preparing, I actually found a couple of articles that are very informative and give good...
  • It's a good start to labeling our foods

    01/10/2012 11:26:08 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 6 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan10,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer, works on farming and developing his own seeds for 50 years. When his fields were contaminated, Monsanto threatened him, intimidated him, and tried to take his land away. He took them to court.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012

    01/06/2012 9:53:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 317 replies
    January 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    January is not the most hospitable month of the year to be sure. If you're like me those cold dreary days are best spent curled up in a chair (for the guys that don't *do* curl -- sit there very manly) with a cup of tea (insert the manly beverage of your choice) and a stack of garden catalogs that you need a front-end loader to move (got you with the front-end loader, didn't I?).I've got to hand it to the catalog people, the covers are exceptional this year and, by golly, with all of the $25 to $100 coupons...
  • Fedzilla is demanding I complete a 4-page survey ... about my garden! (vanity)

    01/06/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by matt1234 · 147 replies
    me ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | me
    Are you ready for the vegetable census? Yesterday I received the “2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey” from the US Dept. of Agriculture. It was accompanied by a cover letter stating (in large, bold font) that my response is required by law; and, if I do not reply, I “may be personally visited.” I am not and have never been a farmer or rancher. My land has never been farmed or ranched. I do, however, have a vegetable garden that I built in 2009. This garden is private and noncommercial. There is no illegal activity whatsoever on my property. The survey...
  • “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees

    01/05/2012 10:00:37 AM PST · by BlueDragon · 36 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees
    A heap of dead bees was supposed to become food for a newly captured praying mantis. Instead, the pile ended up revealing a previously unrecognized suspect in colony collapse disorder—a mysterious condition that for several years has been causing declines in U.S. honeybee populations, which are needed to pollinate many important crops. This new potential culprit is a bizarre—and potentially devastating—parasitic fly that has been taking over the bodies of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in Northern California.
  • 2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey

    01/04/2012 8:46:05 AM PST · by LRS · 6 replies
    vanity;U.S. mail ^ | USDA, vanity
    2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey
  • Jerry Dimitman Dies at 91; Professor Grew Prized Asian Fruit

    01/03/2012 7:17:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Karp
    Jerry Dimitman, a retired professor of plant pathology at Cal Poly Pomona who regularly caused an uproar when he showed up to sell his exotic fruit at the Alhambra farmers market, died Dec. 14 of a stroke at his home overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. He was 91. Such was the mystique that he cultivated, along with some of the state's oldest, largest and rarest exotic Asian fruit trees, that he and his family always insisted that his home's location remain unspecified to deter intrusions by overzealous fruit lovers. Many of his crops, such as lychees, longans, pummelos and mandarins,...
  • Utica (NY) Police Officers Caught on Tape (Planting drugs?)

    01/03/2012 10:04:29 AM PST · by thefactor · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 2, 2012 | Youtube
    I don't think there are any real articles written about this yet. Seems to have occurred about 11 months ago and is just coming to light. The action occurs at exactly the 1 minute mark.As many of you know, I'm a cop. I complain about the anti-cop posts and posters, but I also have the responsibility to bring things like this to light. If this went down, this guy needs to be fired and sent to prison. I have also heard that one of the cops is the son-in-law of the new Mayor.
  • Kent State University's winemaking degree: Whatever happened to ...?

    01/03/2012 3:44:28 AM PST · by EBH · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 1/3/12 | Karen Farkas
    "And we are finding a lot of people are making wine in their basement and are interested not necessarily in a degree but in the knowledge," she said. Classes will be offered for continuing education as well as for credit, she said. Currently all students are taking classes for credit, she said. The Kent State program, the first in Ohio to offer college degrees related to winemaking, is affiliated with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, founded about eight years ago to serve wineries between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The alliance, at Missouri State University, has partnered with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 51) December 30

    12/30/2011 8:33:35 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 155 replies
    Free Republic | December 30, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

    12/25/2011 6:35:16 PM PST · by LucyT · 68 replies
    PR Newswire. ^ | Dec. 19, 2011, | oseph Mangano and Janette Sherman, International Journal of Health Services
    Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14...
  • A Vandalized Valley (VDH nails it)

    12/21/2011 5:47:29 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 31 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction. I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen....
  • It's all about global food control

    12/19/2011 4:28:31 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 7 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Dec 19,2011 | Libertynotfree
    Excerpts: In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 49) December 16

    12/16/2011 5:47:03 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 12-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well and wish you a Merry Christmas. Today’s thread will be the last one I post as the host of the gardening thread. Thankfully the thread will continue to be posted by Freeper JustaDumbBlonde. Not only is she is a very experienced gardener, she and her husband run a large acreage family farm growing corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and various other crops. Her large kitchen garden is so successful she has set up a roadside stand to sell her produce. I am confident the Gardening Thread will be in very...
  • Norway butter shortage threatens Christmas treats

    12/14/2011 12:47:57 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Mychele Daniau
    An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world's richest countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies with store shelves emptied and prices through the roof. The shortfall, expected to last into January, amounts to between 500 and 1,000 tonnes, said Tine, Norway's main dairy company, while online sellers have offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465)... Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos (198 pounds) of butter stashed in his car.
  • Why did Obama Lift the Ban on Horse Slaughter?

    12/14/2011 10:36:34 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 33 replies
    While we were celebrating Thanksgiving, Obama quietly signed legislation on November 18, which removed the ban on horse slaughter and allowing it for human consumption. Why did he change his position on banning the horse slaughter? As we know, President Obama made a campaign promise in 2008 to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption. Furthermore, in certain States, the U.S. Federal Government set aside millions of acres of public lands for the indigenous wild horses, or Mustangs. Read more... http://www.naturalremediesmatter.wordpress.com
  • Nebraska Governor Criticizes HSUS

    12/13/2011 1:34:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | December 13, 2011 | Grant Schulte AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman criticized the Humane Society of the United States on Monday, saying he would fight any efforts by its lobbyists to push legislation that could hinder Nebraska's agricultural industry. The Humane Society of the United States opened an office in Omaha last year. A group spokesman has said the new office and state issues director in Nebraska were intended to help small farmers gain access to markets traditionally dominated by larger operations. But Heineman, a Republican, said he did not trust the group's intentions.
  • Pinot noir grapes reveal 700-year climate record

    12/12/2011 4:07:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 12-09-2011 | Chris Gorski
    The French call pinot noir "the noble grape" and have long considered it a source of inspiration. Now it can also be appreciated as the reason for an extensive, localized climate record. A study found a close match between pinot noir grape harvest dates in Burgundy, sea surface temperature trends and the Western European climate. The relationship could be used to forecast harvest dates months in advance. Yves Tourre, from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. and the French meteorological service, Meteo-France, in Toulouse, presented research on the significance of a nearly 700-year record of pinot noir grape...