LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

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Goyathaly
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LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Goyathaly » 2008 Apr 24 22:39

Greetings, Forum members and fellow citizens of Rockbridge County.
Does this topic interest anyone? Can a group of people grow almost all the food that they need, and grow other plants that humans require.... and become as self-sufficient and truly as sustainable as possible...... within the next 25 to 50 years?

The lady that I am traveling through life with and me, we just recently moved to Lexington.
I would be interested in the views of the people of the County, and Lexington.

THANK YOU.

regards,
goyathaly
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Some links to get the conversation started:

http://www.growbiointensive.org/

http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

http://peopleinaction.com/archive/agric ... html#links

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/about/mo ... enmann.htm

http://www.landinstitute.org/vnews/disp ... /377bbbe53

http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

http://www.remineralize.org/about.php

http://www.michaelpollan.com/

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/ecs/ ... quest.html

http://www.arkinstitute.org/

http://www.pfaf.org/index.php

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006085 ... Gardens%20

http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Food-Nation- ... 54-7004053

http://www.agricultureb2b.com/biz/e/Far ... s/Buffalo/

http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrar ... lcome.html

http://www.echostudiochicago.com/learn/urban-turbines

http://www.asapconnections.org/links.htm

http://www.woodsend.org/index.html

http://www.attra.org/

http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Wise One » 2008 Apr 25 08:21

Funny you should ask. A friend, hankering to raise some chickens, just got a mail-order delivery of the minimum number of chicks they'd ship - 35.

Since that number is larger than he can handle, and since we LOVE the eggs served in small-town Germany & Austria because chickens walk the ground there, we're taking 3 hens to raise for eggs. There is nothing quite like the flavor and dark orange color of eggs from a hen that walks the ground and has a diet diverse in grain, bugs, worms, etc.

:lets: I love to awaken to a rooster crowing, but the neighbors ... :lets:
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Goyathaly
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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Goyathaly » 2008 Apr 25 09:39

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE. Yes, free range chickens do give wonderfully healthy eggs, as opposed to the eggs of those chickens raised in the dire conditions of industrial agriculture.

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby blackpercheron » 2008 May 11 03:00

Sure, start out small using raised beds, and the square foot garden method. Use raised beds, so you don't have to fight the clay soil. Practice organic gardening principles. Save money by raising plants from seed. Use organic seeds if possible.
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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Goyathaly » 2008 May 12 10:30

YES INDEED. Thank you for your comments.

sherryjones

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Postby sherryjones » 2008 Jul 13 13:49

i am fascinated with this subject (in an intellectual way at the moment) and have done a lot of research. i am eager to wade through all your websites. there is a group in the area that are farming in a cooperative way to provide local produce. i would love to have a site where people could post what produce they have available to buy picked or to pick your own. some people even have fruit trees that they never harvest. maybe some of them would be willing to let the needy come harvest their fruit for free...

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Goyathaly » 2008 Aug 16 23:31

Sherry Jones,
I appreciate your interest and comments. Growing our own food from non-GMO, hybrid seeds...organically... will be the answer to healthcare, environmental and energy issues in the near future.

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Uji » 2008 Aug 17 13:24

I've got a little server space I'd be happy to use for the web site you mention. If you all think there will be interest, I'll set it up this week.

What I imagine is a site that would list local (Rockbridge county, say) farms/gardens that sell or barter or give away local produce and meat.

I couldn't be in the business of guaranteeing anything about what gets listed, but I suppose we could ask the listers to certify the degree to which their produce is chemical free, etc.

If there's enough interest, let me know what should be on the page, and I'll set something up. There are several new farmers market up my way (north Rockbridge) that have just opened this summer, for instance.

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Rockbridge Food Festival?

Postby Juggler » 2008 Oct 16 15:22

When I saw this, I thought PERFECT. This is what Rockbridge County needs as an annual event to accomplish so many worthwhile things at once:
  • A fun gathering with lots of community spirited people
  • A friendly competition, with prizes to the winners
  • A nice step toward balancing our ecosystem and removal of predators
  • Locally grown food ... environmental and yummy!
The New Rockbridge Food Festival ... bring it on!

It just keeps getting better !

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Postby Amy Probenski » 2008 Dec 10 07:49

And in the same spirit, maybe we should emulate Australians in "green food?"


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A New Crop for Rockbridge?

Postby Juggler » 2009 Apr 01 11:31

Rockbridge County has the perfect climate for this. Why should we have to import this popular food from other countries?

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Postby Anonymoose » 2009 Apr 02 22:11

Yes, yes, yes. Why isn't something like this done here already? In this agriculturally centered and environmentally and socially conscious area, we need to ask the Lexington City and Rockbridge County officials why we can't have a real farmer's market here, for a start. What is the deal with a farmer's market held on Wednesday mornings in a parking lot off of Jefferson Street? For chrissake, it should be held every Saturday, in a visible and accessible area, with much fanfare and to-do. We are missing the boat all the way around on this one. I suspect that someone decided a long time ago that we must make every square inch available on the weekends to the universities, their visiting families and prospective donors. We have allowed that thinking to override other local interests. Surely those interests can co-exist and even benefit one another.

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Coondog » 2009 Jun 02 11:02

Ah........how refreshing it is to be illuminated as to the varying composition of skates, hockey and otherwise, as opposed to the stale repitition of issues of social and political controversy. Might one assume that the importance of footwear material bears significance with regard to chemical-free food composition only in the event that one is reduced, under prevailing economic conditions, to eat them?

The lighter side of Coondog :tiphat:

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Re: LOCAL , HEALTHY, CHEMICAL-FREE FOOD PRODUCTION

Postby Uji » 2009 Jun 03 10:55

This tuvw104 is a digital zombie, randomly generated texts with selectively chosen links. It was promoting a gold-investing sight in previous posts. Maybe Stonewall should zap the poster. I'll wager it's not a carbon-based life-form.

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Postby Coondog » 2009 Jun 03 15:03

Yep!

Clearly a cyber space aileen.

But, heck, nobody else was home.

Coondog :sleepy:

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The healthiest foods on earth

Postby Juggler » 2009 Jul 11 20:43

The healthiest foods on earth. Go through this slide show ... it's really good.

Simple rules:
  • If it has a bar code on it, it's probably no good
  • Eat nothing with sugar added to it
  • If your great grandmother didn't eat it, you probably shouldn't either
  • The farther the food traveled to get to you, the worse it probably is.

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Postby fangz1956 » 2009 Jul 12 11:36

A most excellent and informative slide show.

I was reading a book review earlier this morning and ran across this in the review. Note the last line of the paragraph. The book is titled Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Reviewer Stephanie Zacharek writes:

Still, she does cite one example of an organization that at least tries to get it right: Wegmans, a chain of supermarkets with stores located mostly in the suburbs of New York state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, offers its employees job-training programs, health insurance and retirement benefits. The company operates on the supposition that if it treats its employees respectfully, they'll be better prepared (and more willing) to serve the needs of customers. The approach seems to work: Wegmans profits financially by fostering and retaining customer loyalty, and its employee turnover rate is low -- roughly 6 percent, measured against an industry-wide rate of more than 30 percent. The company also buys a large percentage of its produce from small, local farmers, and has been doing so for 20 years.


I think we need a Wegmans here..............somebody has to give Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Food Lion a run for their money. And by golly, couldn't the local farmers benefit from places other than farmer's markets whose hours (at least here) are limited and restricted?

You can read the full book review here


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Crazy Pyramid, No Dairy

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High Fructose? No way.

Postby Neck-aint-red » 2010 May 02 08:19

Interesting, Amy. And here's an ad along the same lines, using a drag queen to slam high fructose corn syrup.
Presented are the parody, and then the original.

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