March Against Monsanto really?


Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic on October 12, 2013

I attended the March Against Monsanto rally in Sonora today.  It was disappointing at best.  There were fewer people than turned out in May, but what really burns my biscuits is the movement seems to have been co-opted by the Green Party. This is not about parties!

Dear! Stop buying the genetically modified pro...

Stop buying the genetically modified produce!

We saw a bunch of people playing bongo drums wearing dread locks, just looking dirty.  Then some guy spewing stuff about the Green Party and how they were they only party that cares.

I was turned off by the entire thing, so I left.  If they want to exclude other parties and make it about the Green Party, so be it — but I can tell you that a lot of people are going to be turned off by it.  We need to keep the focus on getting GMO’s out of our food supply, not on party affiliation.

I was really disappointed to find that the only other Monsanto Marches in California were being held in San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco.  I expected to find one in Angels Camp or at least Modesto.  What’s wrong with you people in Modesto?  Don’t you care about what you eat?

We have really got to get serious about stopping Monsanto before it’s too late.

I’m a libertarian and I care.  You don’t have to be a Green Party member to care about what you eat, but if you want to get the GMO’s out of our food it’s going to take all of us working together, regardless of party affiliation.

Please call or write your legislators today.  We have a right to know what’s in our food.

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Beginning Gardening


Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic on April 3, 2013

Our government has been seeding the clouds, our sky looks like a checker board square until it all disappears as the clouds take over.  But instead of encouraging rain we’ve been getting hail and snow, we never know what to expect.

English: Jalapeno peppers growing in Summit, N...

Jalapeno peppers

I came home this afternoon to find my elderberry bush clippings were drooping.  I thought for sure they were going to die.  I didn’t know what to do, I know florist use 7-up but I didn’t have any.  I added apple cider vinegar to the water, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. They seemed to have perked right up.  Hopefully, they will be well enough for me to plant tomorrow.

I also plan to plant some jalapeno peppers, from some seed I saved from some organic peppers from the store.  I also bought some green bean seeds and some chives, which I will grow in pots near the house.  Chances are some of it won’t grow, because I don’t have a green thumb, but if I keep trying eventually something has to grow.  Right?

Green common beans on the plant.

Green common beans

I would like to grow more but without a greenhouse, it’s hard at 4,000 feet.  Last year they actually had raised garden spots, you could rent for $30.00 for the year.  Maybe I’ll try that?  I’ll try to find some information about it, the Chamber of Commerce should know.

These chickens are huge.  I can’t believe how fast they grow.  It’s a good thing I bought food in advance, they are really eating.  I let them run around the yard catching bugs, pecking at plants and fertilizing my lawn.  They are so cute.  I’ve got several males though, they are starting to fight a little bit. Fortunately, nothing major yet.  I hope it stays that way.

My cat is pregnant, she will be a year old May 5th, she almost made it.  After she has this litter, we’ll get her fixed.  She looks so funny, I hope she doesn’t have a large litter, but I won’t hold my breath.

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