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Garden Gleanings -- An organic call in the night

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 8:40 PM

I got a call tonight from a neighbor. He wanted to learn more about organic growing.

Now, I have chased a few cows with him and we know each other through having lived here a while, but he would not normally come to mind if you asked me to list those interested in organics.

What does that tell me? I don't know, but I was encouraged to learn it and anxious to help. The way he put it, he was just as surprised to see ME as the contact person to learn more!

I used to be in full-contact with the UT Extension Service regarding organics since I was heavily involved in the TLSA (Tennessee Land Stewardship Association) back in the 90's. (not 1890's but 1990's) We tried our best to encourage organics with the small farmers in the area and the Extension Service was always an important part of that equation.

It seems they must have printed my name and contact info in their literature and are still using it. I get several inquiries each spring, and I am more than happy to help

There are numerous sources on the web for organic or sustainable agriculture. Here are a few:

http://www.attra.org/ Formerly known as Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas it is now National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) but still has the "attra" web domain name

http://www.foginfo.org/ Florida Organic Growers in addition to many things they also offer certification in the state of Tennessee

http://www.naturallygrown.org/ An alternative to calling your items organic this site promotes similar objectives but side-steps the National Certification quagmire.

http://www.organicvalley.coop/ an example of an organic coop marketing website and their stories

I'll post more resources on mybedfordcounty.com in the near future, but there is just not enough time. Besides, I've blogged enough for one day.

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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.