[NAFEX] organic forum
deirdreb at mindspring.com
Mon Apr 18 22:53:27 EDT 2005
Del (and anyone else interested) -
There is a new forum: The Upper Midwest Organic Tree Fruit Growers.
So there are other crazies (certified and non-) out there.
I don't know where you are located, but perhaps it will be of relevance.
Just notify me if you wish to join the list-serv (it is too quiet), come to
field days this summer, the first being May 4 near Madison,WI, or receive
The first two issues as well as more info on the Network are available at
www.mosesorganic.org/treefruit/htm.org. I am also happy to mail you the
Mineral Point, WI
deirdreb at mindspring.com
> [Original Message]
> From: Del Stubbs <northernlights2n at yahoo.com>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 4/17/2005 7:39:35 AM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] gypsum / organinc cert.
> Thanks for the commentaries: regarding stuff breaking up and blowing
around - the two
> 4'x4' test pieces I laid 3 years ago have simply dissolved into the
soil, and they did
> an admirable job for a couple years of smothering weeds next to the trees
( the other
> short term use for sheetrock) which of course a powder wouldn't do. I
> heads up on organic certifying agency objections. Which leads to a
question: I'll be
> growing 'organic' - whether I am certified or not, a personal bent of
mine. From the
> restrictions I have seen I think I'll be certified crazy if I do get
'certified'! But I
> figure I might as well reap the extra $ per pound if indeed I already
> classification. Since this is not a forum for organic growers can someone
> online forum for such discussions? thanks, Del
> > > A fellow orchardist uses sheetrock (gypsum board ) to both add gypsum
> > > and smother sod and
> > > kill weeds around new trees. > > Del
> > If you are contemplating getting certified, before applying ANYTHING
> > check with the agency you intend to certify with.
> > I just took a fast look at my 2004 print version of the OMRI (organic
> > materials review institute) generic list. It says: "Gypsum - mined
> > source: Nonsynthertic, Calcium sulfate; only mined forms are
> > acceptable. See Gypsum By-products and Mined Minerals - Unprocessed."
> > The next item says: "Gypsum By-Products: Synthetic. Gypsum produced as
> > a by-product of superphosphate manufacture . . . from precipitation of
> > sulfur-dioxide gas with limestone, or from dry-wall rejects is
> > prohibited".
> > So it sounds to me like you'd better not use it. But you could check
> > with a certifying agency to be sure.
> > --Rivka
> > Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly>
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