All Posts for April 2014

Spring Fling by M.L. Meyers

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Mary Lou’s poem is a great example of the fickleness of spring.
Spring entices us even months before
with its courtly breeze that brings an “at ease,”
plays us hiding behind bright fans of daffodils,
some that come sailing down the creek months before
and dig into fertile moist areas,
their bright yellow stains marring the gray landscape.



Spring has no steadfast rules,
it often plays its rapt audience for a fool,
thinking it gains the upper hand
because the calendar chants Spring’s tunes too soon,
letting frost line the most delicate of blooms,
leaving them exposed and undermined.




But the battle is not lost, only the cost of a few daffodils,
and magnolia blossoms for the sun has etched
its way into the graveyard of winter
and will finally have its way in May
when true Spring gathers up its momentum,
each day more precious than the one before
when maples send winged messengers that touch down and spread the news. 



Soon peonies like porcelain will be filled with unearthly wisdom
and spill at the slightest touch like a goblet of the gods,
but first drink their summer-scented nectar
and imagine the power you have derived
from at last feeling “fully alive.”


May makes mockery of April’s feeble attempts,
stays long enough to ignite the meadows with blooms
and start the fires of June.

Earth Day, Every Day: Organic Farming

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Over the week-end I attended the Narberth Earth Day Fair, which they call, Narbearth Day. Clever! I picked up some great free info, and one of them was from my local health food store that is owned and operated by the same family for many,many years.  The name of the store is Arrowroot Natural Foods in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Email: arrowrootnatural foods@gmail.com. They will special order & ship non-perishable items such as vitamins, whole grains, skin products, clothing, etc.

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(Diagram from the Internet:
http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/org_farm/orgfarm_principles.html)

 


10 Reasons to Go Organic


1. Organic farming is better for the environment and does not pollute the water like conventional farming.

2. Organic farming is safer for farm workers.

3. Certified organic crops are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms.

4. Organic crops are produced without irradiation or chemical additives. Some pesticides have been linked to cancer.

5. Organic milk does not use antibiotics or hormones. Raw, organic milk has many vital nutrients that are destroyed in pasteurized milk.

6. Organic eggs come from hens fed on a diet of organic grains, not animal byproducts, and are not given antibiotics. Organic farms usually have better animal welfare standards.
Pastured eggs are from hens given free roam in a green field where they can peck around in the ground for their natural diet of bugs and plants, increasing the nutrient density in their eggs. (Arrowroot carries only pastured eggs from hens free of antibiotics, hormones, and soy.)

7. Consider organic clothing. Did you know cotton uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop? Organic cotton farming uses less water and produces less  CO2 than conventional farming. (My note: Arrowroot carries organic cotton clothing by Indigenous.)

8. In studies, organic foods have been shown to be more nutritious and have more antioxidants than conventionally grown foods.

9. Organic farming respects the ecosystem and preserves the biodiversity of crops.

10. Organic farming better preserves the long term health of the soil.

 

P.S. This year I am sharing a garden space with a  neighbor down the street. The church on our corner rents out small plots along the inside perimeter of their stone wall . I am excited that this year I will have a real garden, not just a patio garden for herbs. Will keep you updated about our organic efforts. Since this is also National Lawn & Garden Month, I am right on schedule!!!

 

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