Fw: [Market-Farmers] Seeds and Organic Certification

Michaele Blakely mjb at premier1.net
Wed Dec 12 12:38:15 EST 2001

oops, too many r's
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michaele Blakely" <mjb at premier1.net>
To: <Market-Farmers at yahoogroups.com>
Cc: <market-farmering at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-Farmers] Seeds and Organic Certification

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wiediger, Alison" <awiediger at hart.k12.ky.us>
> To: "'market farming'" <market-farming at franklin.oit.unc.edu>;
> "'Market-Farmers'" <Market-Farmers at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 6:02 AM
> Subject: [Market-Farmers] Seeds and Organic Certification
> I, too am in a quandry.  My plan last season was to save as much seed as I
> could for the following season.  But I became ill during that time and
> wasn't able to do that.  Now as I look at the catalogues, I see that 99%
> the varities I am use to growing will not be organic.
> I had made a decision early last year that I would not become organic the
> following season, but then I was asked to sit on the Organic Advisory
> for Washington state.  I felt I couldn't complain and rant against
> I had an opportunity to put in my two cents worth for the small acreage
> farmer.  So here I sit.......
> What I have decided to do in the two days that I have been mulling it over
> is to purchase the varieties I am use to growing.  I can't label that
> product organic,  I'll use something else.  My sign that hangs on my
> will need to be changed I think to reflect both the organic and whatever
> other term I decide upon.  I know I won't see a change in income from
> My customers are a very loyal group and with a little explanation they
> concurr I am sure.
> The only impact I see is one of record keeping.  It will mean I will have
> keep track of just the organic product so that I can report it on my
> certification application the following year.  The result of this will be
> less fees for me to pay, and less income the department will take in.  If
> enough people did that the impact would be very noticable to the pencil
> pushers and perhaps some of these rules may become more logical.
> After all money talks.
> Michaele
> Growing Things
> Carnation Wa
> of us on
> > this listserv - do we certify organic or do we not ?  We are hoping that

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