Saturday, June 14, 2014

Surprise mission

Baby tomatoes grow


Crenshaw melon plants begin spreading their wings.
I am part of a competition, thanks to a very smart relative in the Slow Food Movement. I would say her name but I didn't ask permission. But thanks, Pat. Win or lose, because of this competition, myself and a companion will be at an all-day seminar in San Francisco soon to learn more about being a business-like farm, which in this post-9-11 environment requires a good deal of traceability of where food comes from. This doesn't take away at all from my goal, which is to provide wonderful tasting, organically grown heirloom vegetables to as many people as we can and to preserve the biodiversity of our plant world and continue the handing down of non-patented seeds that anyone can grow and collect new seed from. We particularly like heirloom tomatoes, which are challenging to grow because they don't all have the kind of disease resistance bred into most patented hybrids. On the other hand, heirlooms generally have better flavor than hybrids, so to me it's worth the extra effort. And the organic aspect likewise is worth the effort because organic farming not only eliminates use of dangerous pesticides, herbicides, etc., but increases the earth's sustainability. And it probably creates a few more decent jobs. So what's not to like? So, this competition I was talking about, it's at the Whole Foods Market/Folsom. A Local Food Maker grant of up to $6,000. I am one of three finalists and the voting continues until June 19. So if you read this blog in a timely manner and want to vote, here's the address to vote at: http://woobox.com/ndyho3  or https://www.facebook.com/WFMFolsom .