Fwd: Organic Farmer Needs Your Help!! (fwd)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. london at sunsite.unc.edu
Sat Sep 20 22:40:31 EDT 1997

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 09:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: MARCIEROSE at aol.com
To: csa-l at prairienet.org, sanet-mg at ces.ncsu.edu
Subject: Fwd:  Organic Farmer Needs Your Help!!


As a subscriber to all lists involved, I usually dislike cross-posts,
however, as an organic farmer, I find this chilling.  Any farmer/lawyers with
knowledge may want to contact the court as a "friend of the court."  Does
anyone know if this has hit local papers?

Forwarded message:
From:	bd-l at biodynamics.com (bd-l)
To:	bd-l at biodynamics.com
Date: 97-09-04 01:02:20 EDT

"Long Hungry Creek Farm is a self-sufficient, small farm that Jeff Poppen
tends with his partner. It is a certified biodynamic, organic farm with
five acres of vegetables for market, experimental orcahrds, extensive herb
and flower beds, grains, hay, cattle, and a fruit tree nursery." from the
intro to "Barefoot Farmer"

Ecological farmer Jeff Poppen, author of 'A Barefoot Farmer,' 'A Barefoot
Farmer II,' 'A Barefoot Farmer III,' and 'A Barefoot Farmer's Handbook of
Medicine,' requested a  court injunction last month to prevent Tri-Country
Electric Membership Corporation (TMC) from spraying  "Escort" and/or
"Arsenal" (herbicides) from a helicopter  along powerlines on his
Demeter-certified BD farm and along powerlines on adjoining properties in
Macon County, TN.

Jeff  goes to court on September 19th at 9:00 a.m. at Trousdale County
Courthouse in Hartsville, TN to ask for a permanent injunction against
aerial spraying, in effect asking TMC 'to show cause why a permanent
restaining order should not be issued.'

It is likely that TMC will counter-sue Jeff  because his "interference"
which has cost them time and money.

Jeff is not a rich man and he could use any possible support from the
sustainable agriculture community.

He needs:
1.  Any scientific proof that the aerial spraying of herbicides poses a
health risk;
2. Financial help;
3. Positive thoughts OR your presence at court that morning.

Jeff can be reached at: 615-699-2703 or by writing to P. O. Box 163, Red
Boiling Springs, TNB  37150. Email for Jeff can be directed to
biodynamics at biodynamics.com.

Discussions on this list about the use of herbicides in proximity to
certified farms by utility companies or any other matters related to Jeff's
legal situation will be forwarded to him.

Thank You,

Allan Balliett
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