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State of Maine Leads with GMO Labeling Laws

Landslide Vote for GMO Labeling in Maine Legislature

Representative: “The people want to know what’s in their food, and they want to be able to make a choice that’s right.”

– Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In a landslide 141-4 vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted Tuesday to advance bill LD 718, which would require special labeling for seeds and foods made with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.

The Bangor Daily News reports that during debate there was “little disagreement” about the importance of GMO labeling.

“The consumers have a right to know,” said Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop. “The people want to know what’s in their food, and they want to be able to make a choice that’s right.”

As supporters of the bill celebrate, they are also braced for what they say is an inevitable battle between the wishes of the people and Ag Giant Monsanto, who has already threatened to sue states that pass similar labeling laws.

“You’re challenging a biotech industry that’s operated on the basis of throwing their weight around,” said Rep. Lance Harvell (R-Farmington), who sponsored the bill. “Somebody once said that Monsanto isn’t a seed company, it’s a law firm that makes seeds.”

AND SO THE STATE OF MAINE LEADS THE NATION! Where is New York?

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Four Winds Farm Organic Seedling Sale Gardiner New York

ORGANIC HEIRLOOM SEEDLINGS

Come to Four Winds Farm annual Seedling Sale

Friday, May 18, 2012  1-5 PM

Saturday, May 19, 2012  9AM- 4 PM

 

Are you looking for quality heirloom vegetable transplants for your backyard garden? Look no further! Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, New York grow a large selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, kale, chard, onions, and broccoli and more.

Download a Flyer for their 2012 Seedling Sale

 http://users.bestweb.net/~fourwind/HeirloomSeedlings.html

·        Four Winds Farm grow over 50 different varieties of tomatoes in all sizes, shapes, types, colors and flavors.

 ·        All of Four Winds transplants are Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

 

 

Here is a list of the varieties we will have for sale this year (PDF)

 

 

 

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OCCUPY YOUR LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY PLANT ORGANIC SEEDS OF ACTIVISM

Cleaning and saving seeds High Mowing Seeds Vermont

Its time to start seeds in the Northeast. I like to start my onion seeds about now and seeking out hierloom, organic, open-pollinated seed sources  insures the safety of the food I am growing . It gives me pleasure to know I am choosing varieties of seeds grown and selected for their genetic diversity, flavor and vigor by “real” people, not corporations  far,  far away.

NO GMO’S HERE!

There are many excellent seed sources throughout the USA, but this year I tried to keep my seed suppliers as local as possible. I love doing business with Turtle Tree Seed Company in Copake Lake, New York. Here, at this outstanding Bio-Dynamic farm the seeds are processed, packaged and shipped by the residents of the Camphill Community who operate a model farm in the Hudson/Berkshire region of Columbia County New York. The service and shipping from Turtle Tree is fast and impeccable!

http://www.turtletreeseed.org/

Another favorite is the Hudson Valley Seed Library even closer to home with their artful seeds packets which make terrific gifts for your favorite gardeners as well as producing beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers. Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds are available at

http://www.seedlibrary.org/

or at

The Main Street Farm store in Livingston Manor, NY http://mainstreetfarm.com/

Across the border in Vermont is another excellent organic seed supplier High Mowing Seeds

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

High Mowing also offers NOFA-NY members a discount on their first order of the season. Or if you live near Youngsville, New York in Sullivan County, High Mowing Seeds are available at The Cutting Garden http://www.thecuttinggarden.org/

OKAY, SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR SPACE TO START YOUR OWN PLANTS?

YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT TRINA PILONERO OF SILVER HEIGHTS FARM IN COCHECTON NEW YORK WHO GROWS THOUSANDS OF HIERLOOM CERTIFIED ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS FOR YOU TO “POP-IN” TO YOUR PREPARED BEDS. SILVER HEIGHTS FARM MAY ALSO BE FOUND AT NEW YORK CITY GREENMARKETS AT UNION SQUARE AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS.

http://www.silverheightsfarm.com/

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Breeding Organic Vegetables Step By Step Guide NOFA-NY

 

The Northeast Organic Farming Associations of New York (NOFA-NY) is happy to announce the recent publication of “Breeding Organic Vegetables: A Step By Step Guide for Growers.”

A century ago, all gardeners and farmers saved their seed and planted local strains.  Today, the art of plant breeding is nearly lost.  Much of modern plant breeding uses biotechnology and caters to the high-input needs of large-scale commercial growers.  Through the work of university researchers, on-farm researchers and home gardeners/homesteaders, NOFA-NY brings practical solutions for plant breeding to organic growers of all experience levels through the Breeding Organic Vegetables manual.

The purpose of the 96 page manual is to give farmers and gardeners clear, concise and tangible tools for plant breeding through theory and techniques that allow growers to create varieties that suit their particular needs.  In addition to explaining basic plant breeding theory and methods, the authors cover all the necessary steps in a breeding project, from deciding on a breeding goal and finding suitable germplasm to performing selections and evaluations.  Five grower-breeders also share their insight and breeding “recipes.”  The authors’ goal is to not only show how plant breeding can be done, but also to empower growers everywhere to breed imaginatively, and to produce vegetable varieties that are attractive, productive, disease resistant, and well adapted to organic systems.

The recently released publication was co-authored by Rowen White and Bryan Connolly and edited by Elizabeth Dyck. In collaboration with the Mohawk group Kanen:hiio, Rowen White is the curator of an extensive collection of heirloom seeds for native communities all over the Northeast region.  She is also the author of Haudenosaunee Native Seed Restoration.  Bryan Connolly is the state botanist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and has authored The Wisdom of Plant Heritage, the NOFA handbook on small-scale seed production.

Copies are available for purchase for $18 (plus tax and shipping) on the NOFA-NY website, www.nofany.org/shop or by calling (585) 271-1979.  Orders of more than ten copies are eligible for a 25% bulk discount.

NOFA-NY, Inc. is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

The project was supported in part from funds from the USDA Organic Research and Education Initiative Award No. 2004-51300-02229 and USDA-SARE grant LNE04-204.
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For 2012 Save What You Seed…..Should Small Farmers Occupy Wallstreet? Seed Growers Alliance Conference

Photo Credit: High Mowing Seeds, Vermont

As we find ourselves in the new year 2012  we also find ourselves surrounded by  many seed catalogues  specializing in organic, rare or hierloom varieties of plants. Why?

On December 4 of 2011 groups of small US farmers went to Zucotti Park in New York City to demonstrate against the “corporate” dominance over our food supply. Why?

Answer:      Over 56% of the world’s food supply is dominated by 4 seed companies.

Seed farmer Jim Gerritson of Maine sums it up in this U-tube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTpDqS8qb60&feature=player_embedded#!

THERE WILL BE A LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE WORKSHOP being held in Washington State on  JANUARY 19th-20th. Go to the Alliance website for more information.

http://www.seedalliance.org/Seed_Growers_Conference/

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