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Farmers Open Fields for Free Picking Day: 40,000 Show Up

Totally off-topic but a touching Thanksgiving story: Joe and Chris Miller, an organic farming couple, finished their harvesting season and decided to open their fields to whomever needed food and wanted to show up and pick it. Miller said they opened the farm to the free public harvest after hearing reports of food being stolen from churches and it was meant as a thank-you for community.

They expected 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks. Instead, an estimated 11,000 vehicles snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles. About 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot. 40,000 people showed up.

“We do Farmer’s Markets,” Joe Miller said. “And we do our fall harvest. We sell direct to the public.” This year was good to the Millers, so instead of letting the remainder of their crop freeze in the ground, the Millers decided to let people come and glean the fields.

Not only that, but the Millers provided bags for the produce, and rides out into the field. They encouraged the people who come out this weekend to bring their children.

“Teach them where potatoes come from — the ground,” Joe Miller said. “Not a tree, not out of a plastic bag, not out of a greenhouse.

Now that is a Happy Thanksgiving!

Related Link: NPR’s Story.


Massive Honeybee Die-offs Linked to Pesticides: A Big Reason to Grow and Buy Organic


Ok, so if you are worried about the incremental cost of purchasing organic produce for Thanksgiving, think about the actual cost of produce grown using chemicals and pesticides…honeybee colony collapse disorder. Even non-organic seeds coated with pesticides are linked to the problem.

Bees wander around in their universe. There are no fences, no borders, no private property rights. They trespass no more than rabbits or deer or birds. That’s a given.  Now take that to your fall and spring lawn care rituals and your personal gardening efforts…just avoid pesticides that could in anyway contribute to any further toxic saturation of the honeybee colonies. You could also plant bee-friendly plants and make your yard a safe-for-bee zone.

Compost is an integral part to moving towards an organic chemical-free healthy lawn and garden. As much as you can make! From newspapers to every scrap of food, to your fall leaves…it is all gold for your garden. We have been composting for 40 years and have all kinds of piles in all states. We also have tested many different types of composters in the 10 years we have been in business and carry just a few different composters that we think are best.

We urge everyone to begin to think of the big picture of the costs of non-organic gardening…from your lawn to your food purchases.

Evidence That Pesticides Are Seriously Messing Up Our Honey Bees
In Search of the Colony Collapse Disorder Culprit(s)
For Beekeepers, Colony Collapse Disorder Makes November the Cruelest Month
Wikipedia Colon Collapse Disorder
8 Companies and Organizations Truly Helping Honey Bees


10 Ideas for New Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Great article from Take Part may inspire your to start a few new family Thanksgiving traditions that really are more about appreciation for our abundance and thanks for our nation and it’s future.

Thanksgiving is second in a slew of holidays at this time of year that have become one extended caloric nightmare.  Marketers have successfully driven consumers to celebrate these holidays in an atmosphere of frenzied food consumption, often from everyday pre-packaged products festooned with special holiday cheer.  However, you can say no to the pre-packaged cheer and have a hearty, sustainable meal.  Below are 10 tips to a healthier, humane, sustainable, “low carb(on)” and labor friendly Thanksgiving from some fantastic organizations.

Read 10 tips here.