December 2006 Newsletter

Garlic Sale!

Community Farm Raising Form

Suggested Winter Reading

Winter Closing

Quick Facts


Garlic Sale!


Starting December 1st, all of our remaining Certified Organic Lorz Red Italian garlic is on sale at $5/lb (that’s 50% off the normal retail price).  Most all of this garlic does not come fully wrapped, so there are some exposed cloves.  But all of it is hot and spicey – a real garlic lovers garlic – suitable for eating.  This garlic typically has two to three rings of cloves with none of the small center cloves which you normally throw away.  If you have not tried our garlic before, this is a chance to treat yourself!  Compare our price to any certified organic market.


Stock up now for the winter and spring, for when it’s gone, we won’t have any more until next fall!


Come in early for the best selection!


Community-Farm Raising Forum


Below is a copy of the flyers for this event.  If you missed The Future of Food showing in Yelm, this is your opportunity:



The Farm Bank Project

presents our Farmer Appreciation Event


Community-Farm Raising FORUM

(10 am–6 pm Forum & Films   7-8 Local Food Feast)

Cost:  Donation - Money or Time/whichever is easiest

& Music Benefit Concert

  8 pm– 10 pm (Donation $3-$10)  Farmers Free

Work Trade and Scholarships available upon request


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Eagles Hall (Basement)

805-4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA


An opportunity for us to come together as a community all around farms, food, films, fun, and a sustainable future.  Workshops, demos, focus groups and lots of local produce to create with and enjoy.  Meet your local farmers, shop for your CSA, help develop Bountiful Table events, farmland preservation efforts, and a time to celebrate and honor our outstanding community in Olympia.


Films:  The Real Dirt About Farmer John, Future of Food, Broken Limbs, Sweet Soil, The True Cost of Food, and more. (for updates)    360-785-4927



 ~ Schedule of Films  ~

Sunday, December 10, 2006

 Eagles Hall, Olympia, Downstairs



…want to learn about what’s going on with your food and farming?  Join us for entertaining, informative and shocking films everyone needs to see.

 A powerful call to action!!


Cost:  Donation – Money or Time/whichever is easiest


10-11:30 a.m.    Broken Limbs Eastern WA Apple Farmers

12:30 – 1 p. m. The Real Cost of Food Cartoon

1:30 – 3 p.m.     The Future of Food  A Must See

4 – 5 p.m.       The Real Dirt About Farmer John  

A Treasure of a Film and a Must See

5:30 – 6 p.m.    Sweet Soil Local Farms in Berkshire Mtns.

6:30 – 8 p.m.     The Future of Food or popular request (for updates)    360-785-4927



Suggested Winter Reading


This first book is a must read for anybody that is interested in organic gardening, landscaping, turf care and restoring the natural function of soils.  Note that the title is “Teaming” with Microbes, not “Teeming” with Microbes.  We will be writing more about this book in upcoming newsletters.


Teaming with microbes : a gardener's guide to the soil food web / by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lowenfels, Jeff.


This next book is an amazing description on how plants, insects, and general life in your garden communicate, compete, and survive in a complex web of interactions:


The secret garden : dawn to dusk in the astonishing hidden world of the garden / David Bodanis.


And if you want a comprehensive look at how modern day agriculture has compromised our environment and all life on this planet, this book is for you:


Fatal harvest : the tragedy of industrial agriculture / edited by Andrew Kimbrell.



Winter Closing


We will be closed from December 23rd through January 7th.  Happy Holidays, and thanks for a great year!


Quick Facts


  • The biotech industry has officially celebrated the planting of the billionth acre of genetically engineered crops.
  • 75% of the world's genetically engineered crops are grown in the U.S. and Argentina.
  • More than 90% of world's genetically engineered seeds were developed and sold by the Monsanto Corporation (planted predominantly with Monsanto's genetically modified corn, cotton, soyabean and canola seeds).
  • Monsanto's GE seed sales alone brought the company over $4 billion last year. Outside of GE seeds, Monsanto's past and present product-line has included Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, rBGH and aspartame.
  • Notable historic quote: "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." - Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden" New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

Learn more:


FDA Bureaucrats received a kick in the butt this week from Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), the newly elected chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Kennedy slammed the FDA for endangering public health by ignoring science and serving as a puppet for big business. "The dedicated professionals at the FDA have been pressured to trim their scientific views to the prevailing political winds. These are symptoms of a serious illness, and we should act without delay to provide the cure," the senator said. Kennedy said the committee will hold a series of FDA oversight hearings in early 2007 to force the agency back on track. FDA advocates responded by saying the agency can only become scientifically credible if Congress increases the FDA's budget in order to supplant the millions of dollars it now receives from industry.
Learn more:

EPA begins regulation of nanotechnology for the first time

EPA begins regulation of nanotechnology by starting with colloidal silver. While there are huge health risks already identified like perchlorate for example that are not being adequately addressed, apparently the EPA has time and resources to suppress a simple, cheap, and readily available solution to fight plagues and other illnesses. Since it can't be patented by the Big Pharmaceutical interests, then their tactic apparently is to regulate it to discourage/discredit its use. It begs the question of whose agenda and special interests does the EPA now serve?  Full story




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