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Garden Gleanings-Mr. Cabbage please call home. Monitoring water requirements

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 8:20 AM

At first blush this sounded like a neat idea. Farmers could get a text message when their crop was needing water. http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_...

It was developed to save water, but it suddenly came to me that this is another reason for the corporate farmer not to set foot in the fields.

I am sure there are many versions of this saying, but it is commonly agreed in concept that the best thing for a crop is the footsteps of the farmer in the field.

I can see a cartoon of the future where a farmer in suit and tie goes to see how the water is flowing, only to find out that the text came because the plants were no longer there from an insect attack or some other calamity that could have been stopped if the farmer had been in the field.

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And they want us to trust them with our food! What a joke. But, agribusiness is so greedy they even want us to buy into their "protecting" us from ourselves by eliminating our growing our own food. Doesn't it make you wonder if they are really only trying to eliminate ANY competition. Again, what a joke!

Thanks Steve for a really good laugh. Maybe I need a monitor on my livestock that calls me when they are hungry.......hmmm......want in on the action?

-- Posted by dmcg on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 7:41 AM

Our pets always seem ready for a treat. Maybe the Ouija board would work on them?

I trust our local, small farmers to be honest & passionate about what they do. Once business gets bigger than the family farm, I believe the values change quickly to put more emphasis on money than farming.

Once that happens, I think it becomes like many other corporations and the truth gets bent and manipulated to achieve a goal. That does not foster trust in my mind.

By the way, government is not different.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 9:06 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.