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This is what a happy pig looks like! Photographed at Crown S Ranch Photo credit: Ken Kailing, GoodFood World
Dear Readers, I apologize for my prolonged lapse in writing these stories. I took a long sabbatical during the fall to harvest and preserve the …
If you want fruit for yourself and not the neighborhood raccoons, do NOT plant a plum tree! Your creative raccoons will elect a “climber” to go up in the tree and carefully pick and drop every piece of fruit to the ground so the “gatherers” can run off with the loot. At least that’s what we think happened when our plum tree was stripped of all its nearly ripe fruit in a single night. On the other hand, the quince was left to its own business.
While organic crops are grown without conventional pesticides and other chemicals, berry “starts” are treated as non-fruiting nursery plants and they can be treated with chemicals at that stage and still be considered organic once they are moved organic land and grown to fruiting stage.
Local food in Seattle. “The question—’Is it boring?’—is not one that people would ask about local eating in Provence or Thailand or Cajun Country, Louisiana.” (Plenty, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, pg. 89.)
Farmers and orchardists who clearly love the land and the fruit and vegetables they grow are discovering creative ways to make unique products that consumers seek out and are willing to pay a premium for. We profile five Washington orchards ranging from Broetje Orchards, a very large commercial and organic orchard, to four small artisan growers and producers of a variety of organic tree fruit including apples, pears, and stone fruit.
The world could function perfectly well without us, thank you, and healthy ecosystems provide a huge range of “services” that we mostly ignore. As we make more of an impact on the environment and throw delicately balanced ecosystems out of whack, we will get fewer of those free services. As an example, well-managed agroecosystems not only provide food, fiber and animal products, they also generate services such as flood mitigation, groundwater recharge, erosion control and habitats for plants, birds, fish and other animals.