Florida lawmaker wants to make farm photos illegal

Chickens, Farm Animals
Along with mountains of oranges, tomatoes, and sugar, Florida's branch of Big Ag Inc. is a reliable producer of bad news. Whether it's the fight over proto-slavery conditions for its tomato workers, the push to perfect genetically modified oranges, or the outrage of the crony capitalist "solutions" to the environmental degradations of sugar plantations, it seems like there's always something rotten in the state of Florida. Oh, and did I mention that Florida also has a shockingly low number of organic farms? So I am not surprised to learn that a creative (not to mention unconstitutional and idiotic) solution to the grave problems with factory farms should arise in the Sunshine state: SB 1246 by Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make it a first-degree felony to photograph a farm without…
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Tomato Diseases

Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control
Fusarium Wilt: Over winters in the soil. Lower leaves turn yellow, wilt and drop off. Blight (Late): A disease that strikes tomatoes and potatoes, can quickly ruin an entire crop — and provide a source of infection for other plants. It is critical that gardeners understand that late blight is not like other tomato and potato diseases. Many other diseases affect these crops in home gardeners, but most of them only affect leaves or cause limited damage to fruit, and while they may reduce the harvest, they generally don't cause a total loss. Furthermore, because most pathogens are not readily dispersed by wind, their effects are localized. Late blight, on the other hand, kills plants outright, and it is highly contagious. Its occurrence in your garden can affect other gardens…
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An Affair Worth Ending: Fuel and Food

An Affair Worth Ending: Fuel and Food

Food Supply
Food. Lets face it, who doesn't love good food? We love to eat it, grill it, serve it and share it with love ones. Every thing from the famed Thanksgiving meal where the table is sagging with the weight of hot delicious foods, to summer picnics with cold salads and sandwiches, food in many ways defines our lives. But its not as simple as we would like it to be, once just a story about land and a farmer, it is now an epic tale dripping all along the way with oil. It is a huge dilemma, Food and Fuel. Not so long ago, food was grown just outside of town, often organically, picked by hand and delivered at the peak of freshness to small grocery stores. Today its a…
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March Update

March Update

Community, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Dear Readers, I have received many emails in the last few days, some unsubscribes, and many new subscribers.  Your emails have been a cross section of geography, thought, and opinion. Garden Notes readers span the globe from  Japan, China, and Korea to Brazil, Australia, and Greece, and yes, the United States. Your comments and emails are read, every one, and I always answer personally, but this time, I have to answer publicly because  a) it is a busy gardening year for me, and b) there are simply too many to respond to personally. My former broadcast was blunt and to the point... take reasonable precautions, chance favors the prepared. What is happening in Japan has the potential to affect our food supply greatly. I determined that this affected this list…
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Eudrillus Eugeniae

Soil & Compost, Vermicomposting
Eudrillus Eugeniae, more commonly known as the African nightcrawler, originated in tropical areas of West African and have adapted in additional tepid areas all over the globe. It is a cherished composting worm for its worm manure known as worm castings or vermicast which is equal in size and structure to mice dung. This worm casting contrasting to others for the most part when using the correct bedding material can in point of fact be used in a fertilizer or seed spreader to cast out onto ones yard. The development of plants and their roots has revealed some amazing results due to the biological composition as well as the number of beneficial aerobic microorganisms using castings. Employment of this product has in addition been revealed to make plants, whether flowers,…
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EMERGENCY: Nuclear Meltdown Underway. Brace for Nuclear Fallout.

Food Supply, Weather
EMERGENCY: YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. READ CAREFULLY AND TAKE ACTION. Dearest friends and family, I never imagined that I would ever in my life-time write an email with a subject line like this one. I am nearly in tears and at a loss for words, but it has to be written. It has been a most unimaginable 72 hours of changes both in the world, as well as the life of our family. As you may now know, the nuclear core meltdown at the Japanese nuclear power plant is underway. As of this writing, these reports are not "officially" confirmed, as the Japanese Government is trying to do everything it can to suppress and "downplay" the information, there is just no way to…
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March Gardening Calendar

Flower Gardening, Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Soil & Compost, Year Round Gardening
The gardening calendar for March provides a list of recommended food growing and gardening chores and tips. It is time to venture outdoors for some serious organic gardening! The biggest focus this month is, "When can I DO something?" If you have been asking yourself this question, the answer is a LOT! March is the month to really get started growing organic food. First thing you really need to know is the last date you can expect frost in your area. Consult the growing zone maps to determine your garden's date of expected last frost. To prepare soil for spring planting you need to know some things about your garden's soil. Do you know your soil type? Your soil's pH? Need to identify your soil type? You can also learn…
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