Thursday, July 06, 2006
By Gary W. Morrison
council and Divine Grace Church are opening the market July 13 in a parking lot
across from the church at
The market will be open Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 12, said Tom Cary, director of sustainable and agriculture systems for the council. Each month, plans are to have special events, such as a fried green tomato festival.
council had markets in 2003 and 2004 with funding from Michigan Department of
Community Health. This year's markets are with a Kent County Health Department
grant of $15,000, which helps pay
partnership with the church provides space for the market, with the church's
youth pastor assisting
Youths from the church are expected to help at the market.
Paul Geer, co-owner of Frozen Creek Farms, feels the location will give people easier access to fresh produce and vegetables.
"Markets help both the people and small farmers," said Geer, who plans to sell freeze-dried herbs, soups and vegetable dips along with fresh produce.
"It brings fresh food to the people and helps farmers who have things to sell to survive."
One month in and the NEW downtown location of the Ypsi Farmer's Market
(Tuesdays, 3-7 pm) is going strong, and continuing to grow! We continue
to add vendors, and the rain has not kept people away! We hope that
you'll stop in-- even today! Growing Hope has organic kale &
collards, peas, broccoli, and more from Needlelane Farms in Tipton, as well as
hydronic tomatoes grown by FFA students at the votech in
Today is also our first on-site Project Fresh training (about 100 attended the first series last Saturday at the Ypsi Depot Town Farmer's Market!), so we'll lots of participating moms and little ones around for extra fun! AND, the credit card and EBT (food stamp) transactions are going well... So there are many ways to shop!
Join us today and every Tuesday in the
Amanda Maria Edmonds
Executive Director, Growing Hope
4. Second annual field day on Enhancing Beneficial Insects with Native Plants will be held on August 1, 2006.
This 1-day event is targeted to:
In addition to what we talked about at last year's field day, this year's field day will include up-to-date information about the plants most attractive to beneficial insects,new plants we are considering for attracting beneficials, and a demonstration of native plant seeding.
Please feel free to distribute to any interested individuals and groups.
Field day information and registration forms are available at:
204 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
5. Inconsistent Weed Control With Glyphosate Reported
"The species most commonly mentioned include waterhemp, horseweed (marestail), giant ragweed, common ragweed and common lambsquarters," they report. "We have observed a similar 'decreased performance' from glyphosate-containing products for each of these species during past seasons (lambsquarters in 2001 and 2005, horseweed in 2003, giant ragweed in 2004, etc.), but it seems that inconsistent weed control with glyphosate may be as widespread in 2006 as in any previous season."
Nordby and Hager list a number of possible factors that may be behind this year's glyphosate difficulties, including dry/drought conditions, weed size, insect feeding and spray application timing, rate and volume. "Past, present, and near-future weather conditions can influence herbicide performance by affecting how much herbicide enters the plant and, to some extent, how extensively the herbicide translocates within the plant following absorption," they report. "Dry soils coupled with hot, low-humidity days tend to reduce the amount of herbicide absorbed by plants. In contrast, weeds growing with adequate soil moisture typically absorb applied herbicides faster and often more thoroughly."
For more information on potential reasons for problems with postemergence weed control with glyphosate products, visit the following U of I Web link: www.ipm.uiuc.edu/bulletin/article.php?id=579.
6. Rust Movement Remains Minuscule
Thanks to drought conditions in the southeastern
"We are approaching the first flowering stage for soybeans in our sentinel plots in
Despite the slow movement of the disease, plant pathologists and Ohio State University Extension educators will monitor the 36 sentinel plots in
Even if a sudden inoculum buildup were to occur, an epidemic in
Soybean rust could enter
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7. Julberty’s Dairy has been bought out by Dean's -the huge dairy conglomerate, of dubious fame.
Worst of all, besides losing a
But, the news gets worse..a CAFO
(Confined Animal Facility Operation) that was planned for the Trenary area, and
met with such vehement and immediate local opposition it withdrew, is now
The CAFO was run out of the
Please pass this message along, and I will keep trying to learn more about this, especially the governmental financing of the proposed operation.
During this past year,
Thanks, and yes, there will be something we can do.
Yours on the up trail,
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
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