Zoetic Seed is outstanding, like Pablo in this field.
Last week, our old friend and coworker Pablo came down off of San Juan Island for an unexpected visit, and helped us weed our collard greens.
Pablo worked for Wild Garden for a few years, and grew his own flower seeds on the side. This past winter, Pablo moved north, and started selling his flowers under his own company name, Zoetic Seeds. Check out his website, and if you are on the island, look for him at market!
p.s. he also makes really nice top bar bee hives that you can check out on the website…
It’s Earth Day today, and here at Wild Garden we celebrated by doing more of what we do every chance we can: transplant lettuce. By my rough calculations, we transplanted around a mile of lettuce today.
Anaka planting some lettuce. I know this photo has been used before, but fast trains have slow upload times, so y’all will have to wait for more pictures/videos.
James Cassidy of OSU Crop and Soil Sciences in the fields where the Hoo Haa will go down.
In addition, the Organic Grower’s Club at Oregon State University holds an annual “Hoo Haa” on this day, and my cohorts have plans to attend the festivities.
As for me, as I write this I am sitting on the Amtrak Cascades train, speeding on down the line, so each word I write is from a different beautiful location! Wowza! I am on my way to Mount Vernon, Washington, where the tulips of Skagit Valley will be in full bloom. Look for an exciting new video of Anaka coming soon…
It’s been a wet spring again here, and we’re taking organic matters into our own hands. We had a new idea to use my electric cultivating tractor with a modified toolbar to open furrows and draw lines. In two weeks we’ll come back and clean up our mess.
First, we mowed the beds down to the nubbins.
Then we cut a furrow with the cultivating shovels. The sweeps pushed the clods to the side.
We did a quick pass with a hoe to clean up the furrow
The shovel, sweeps, and rebar to draw a line
Lines in the sand (or clay)
Finally! Planting Rosencrantz lettuce!
We have to get our crops in early so they have enough time to complete their life cycle and make seeds before the rains start in fall.
Today I have a couple videos: First off, we have been transplanting lettuce like crazy, trying to make hay while the sun shines, or rather while the sun shines and then two minutes later it hails and then the sun shines again. I believe there will be a more in depth posting on our early season transplanting method, but for now you can check out Hank doing the monster march.
We have also been busy keeping our eyes out for flowering brassica plants that we do not want to cross with our seed crops. If you drive by Gathering Together Farm and see three wild, machete-wielding crazies scurrying about and chopping down plants, there is a good chance that it is us. In this video you will hear me heckling Anaka while she swings a big old machete. Check out the sound her blade makes!
A couple of interesting blurbs about Glyphosate, the main chemical compound in Roundup and other herbicides, came out this week, and I think they are worth sharing and taking note.
First of all, Don Huber, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, has written a letter to the USDA asking that they reconsider their deregulation of glyphosate resistant crops in light of some new research he and other scientists are working on in which they say they have found a new organism in corn and soy. They say this new organism thrives in glyphosate resistant crops, and is possibly linked to infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock, and is possibly harmful for humans as well. More research is being done at the moment, but the letter is interesting to read and is definitely something to keep an eye on. You can read a Pdf of the letter here.
Secondly, an article from Reuters this week says that the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning an investigation on the safety of glyphosate, including allegations of links to cancer as well as infertility in livestock as Don Huber has said.
In other news, here at the farm we are using this window of good weather to navigate the wet soils and transplant like crazy. I suspect there will be some photos, stories, and video coming this week.