Thursday, June 25, 2009

Score one for Organics

I heard on NPR last night that Monsanto saw a 40% decrease in sales last quarter.
Monsanto is the company that makes the herbicide Roundup. They also happen to be the biggest driving force behind the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) movement. Has anyone else taken notice of their "Sustainable Agriculture" advertising push on the back of magazines such as the New Yorker? While no one likes to hear that 900 or so employees will be out of work at this difficult junction in our economic climate, I can't help but cheer for the populace's decision to restrain from purchasing their chemicals.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Los Lunas Farmer's Market

Tuesday June 16 marks the first day of the new Los Lunas Farmer’s Market. I hope everyone comes to support this long awaited market. For more information try going to this link:

I am beginning to learn that Los Lunas is full of good people who feel stranded by others' the notion that we are too far away from Albuquerque to warrant any real consideration as a viable option for healthy food. La Montanita Co-Op at last conversation has no plans to investigate the possibility of opening up down here. Forget about Whole Foods or Sunflower Markets.
Never mind the “coals to Newcastle” idea. While many people have vegetable garden plots and the Valencia County Community Gardens organization is growing like a weed(pardon the pun), it is often too difficult for someone for whom farminig is not a full time job to grow a comprehensive, family-sustaining vegetable garden.
So I think a Farmer’s Market is a welcome addition to our booming little life in the country.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

California Dreamin'

This cool overcast weather reminds me of home. I am sure a lot of us used to call some place else home before we got to the Land of Entrapment.

I used to call the Cental Coast of California home, and before that, Northern California. There is an old phrase oft bantered about: "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco". I miss the fog and the dew. I miss the sudden swath of sunshine at 11am as the fog clears out for awhile. I miss feeling like a local. So when the state flower, a poppy, bloomed the other day in my back yard, I couldn't believe my luck.

New Mexico has so much to offer and I don't want you all to feel like I am here unwillingly. But I do miss some things about the Golden State. Most of all I miss submerging myself daily in the Pacific Ocean. That's probably why we sponsor a polar bear swim every January 1st. To that end, I offer a link to video produced monthly by an old friend of mine. I hope you enjoy.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Call For Photos

I am always curious about the projects on which people use our products. People seem so excited when they leave here; their excitement is contagious.

So, I am making a call out to our customers to send me photos of their projects.

It could be a photo of a bountiful harvest.

Or a favorite plant responding to compost tea

Maybe a photo depicting potentialities.

We love to see projects getting installed, too.

Regardless of the photo, let me know if you want credit for the photos. I look forward to seeing what wonderful and creative things you all are doing.