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5/23/2013

BagPacker

It’s that time of year again; time to start thinking about your leaf covered lawn and how you’re going to manage it. You could do what you normally do — fumble with your hands and rake to fill your paper yard waste bag, then compress the leaves down with your leg (without losing your balance!) to try to make more space in the bag. Or you could do the sensible thing: use the BagPacker! The BagPacker is the only 3 season, 3 in 1 yard- debris-clearing system on the market. The BagPacker clips to the inside of your bag to create stability, serves as a scooping tool to pick up yard debris and deposit it quickly and accurately into the bag, and compresses leaves down to double the amount of yard debris that can fit into one standard yard waste bag.

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10/1/2013
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Bobcat Launches

Bobcat Launches “I Have An Idea” Contest

Bobcat Company has announced the “I Have an Idea” contest where contestants can provide their Bobcat accessory ideas starting September 25.

Contestants are invited to “Like” Bobcat’s Facebook page which will allow them to provide their best product accessory idea. Bobcat is looking for ideas ranging from in-cab comfort enhancements to time-saving add-ons. The entries can be specific to any of the Bobcat lines of equipment. All entries will be judged on creativity, quality, completeness and originality.

The six week contest will have weekly winners who could win an air compressor, power generator, an entertainment package including a 42” LCD TV, area rug, beer stein or a power washer.

The final day to submit an entry is November 5, 2013. This contest is limited to residents of the continental United States and Canada. For a complete list of rules and an entry form, visit http://ow.ly/pcoxf.

ABOUT BOBCAT COMPANY
Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, N.D., is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment. Bobcat compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer and compact track loaders; compact excavators; mini-track loaders; VersaHandler® telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles and Toolcat™ utility work machines. Bobcat is a global brand with more than 600 dealer locations in North America and the leader in compact equipment — the industry’s original innovator, beginning more than 50 years ago with the first compact machine and predecessor to the skid-steer loader. For more information on Bobcat products, visit www.bobcat.com.

For additional information about Bobcat Company, its products and services, point your Web browser to www.bobcat.com/our_company/media_center. Bobcat® and the Bobcat logo are registered trademarks of Bobcat Company in the United States and various other countries.

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5/23/2013
Tags: Goats
Extraordinary Goats

Minneapolis-based Voyageur Press, a publisher of quality books on subjects of rural living and self-sufficiency is planning for 2014 publication a book tentatively titled Extraordinary Goats. This book will be chock full of historical illustrations and modern photos of goats doing what goats do — riding motorcycles, surfing, climbing trees, headbutting, and strutting their stuff in barnyards and on city promenades. The text is a lighthearted history of goats, their behavior and personality, and their symbolism in pop culture.

In short, this will be the ultimate, illustrated celebration of everyone’s favorite barnyard friend. To make this the best goat book ever, we’re crowd-sourcing anecdotes and photographs from folks who have spent a good deal of time around our caprine friends. The stories can range from humorous to heart-warming and detail everything from remarkable run-ins to life-changing epiphanies. The photographs will ideally depict goats engaged in “human” activities.

We can’t pay you for your submissions, but if they’re used we’ll certainly credit you alongside them in the book and provide a complimentary copy upon publication. Photographs must be at least 1MB, but preferably larger. Please email submissions to Michael Dregni.

Excerpted/edited versions of submitted stories may also be posted at The Blaaag.

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5/28/2013
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Quick String

Quick String is both a wall-mounted and portable string dispense that is safe enough for anyone to use. String, twine, flagging ribbon — even yarn can be placed in the translucent plastic container, drawn out the desired length, and then pulled across the rust-resistant safety blade for a quick, crisp cut.

The patented Quick String is safer and easier that using a knife or scissors. The cassette blade is replaceable and the durable container is easy storage and comes with a belt clip to keep your hands free to tie up vegetables or se for crafts.

No more hunting for scissors or untangling a mess of twine to find the end; simply pull and cut to the desired length.

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8/20/2013
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ECHO CS-620P

ECHO is proud to introduce the CS-620P, a 59.8cc high power professional chain saw targeted to arborists, loggers and professional firewood operations. The CS-620P is based on the proven CS-600P, but with a modified engine to produce 13% more power. The CS-620P is available in 18”, 20”, 24”, and 27” bar lengths.

With a competitive price and professional features, like an aluminum handle with rubber grip, a magnesium sprocket guard, dual bumper spikes, and a Performance Cutting System™, the CS-620P is a great value. A companion model, the CS-620PW, features a wrap handle to give the user more options when felling a tree.

The CS-620P and CS-620PW both use a decompression valve to greatly reduce the starting effort and a digital ignition system which automatically adjusts engine timing for optimum performance. Other user-friendly features include: tool-less air filter cover, G-Force Engine Air Pre-cleaner™, two-piece air filter and see-through fuel tank.

As with all ECHO chain saws, CS-620P and CS-620PW are covered by a one-year commercial warranty and five-year consumer warranty.

ECHO Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high-performance outdoor power equipment for professional and residential use. The corporation markets its products under the brand names ECHO, Shindaiwa and ECHO Bear Cat.

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5/7/2013

America's Farmstand

Organic, all-natural, pure farm-fresh artisanal foods are now available to be shipped directly from independently run family farms, without warehousing. America’s Farmstand, an online retailer dedicated to providing a direct link between family farms and consumers, now offers unprecedented access to produce, dairy, meats and other fresh foods and beverages.

Featured products include the award-winning Coach Farm goat cheese, Pearson Peach Farm fresh Georgia peaches, Balakian Farm Pink Oxheart organic blended heirloom tomatoes, Stonington Seafood Harvesters Bomster scallops, New England Provisions Maine lobsters, Engelbert Farms organic New York  strip steak, Noank Aquaculture Cooperative Mystic oysters, Divine Brine’s Devilish spicy dill pickles, Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water, Pearson’s southern praline pecans, Arndt’s homemade fudge, The Grain Exchange homemade gluten-free blueberry muffin mix and Zoe’s Premium Canine Gourmet, among scores of other farm-fresh foods.

“I was raised in the country and had the pleasure of jogging past and interacting with farmstands every morning growing up. After moving to the big city, I was increasingly struck by how much was lost when food goes from a farm into the big, industrial food system,” notes Todd Greenfield, Founder and President of America’s Farmstand.

“I found myself asking farmers, ’What if?’ What if there were a way to get your vegetables, fruits, cheeses, organic meats and other fresh foods directly to the people who want them, rather than having them lose freshness traveling to — and sitting in — warehouses for days before being transported to supermarkets?”

America’s Farmstand is committed to creating a new and transparent system for locally grown food production, responsible farming and growing practices as well as, ultimately, promoting healthy, nutritious foods as the bedrock of a balanced diet. America’s Farmstand creates a one-to-one connection between consumers and its network of small, family-run farms vetted by 30 criterion including growing methods, sustainability practices, biodiversity, fair treatment of workers and absence of chemical inputs. The company partners only with farmers who are committed to preserving the integrity of their land, water and soil resources.

“We see a world in which consumers reconnect with a land that is free of toxins and environmental degradation. We hope to do our part in elevating the understanding of where food comes from and how it is grown,” Greenfield adds.

America’s Farmstand currently offers fresh, organic and fair-trade vegetables, fruits, cheeses, organic meats, seafood, nuts, honey, grapeseed oil, pickles, chocolate & candy, sauces & condiments, tea, baked goods and gluten-free options as well as sustainable greenery, beauty & bath products and ultra-premium dog food.

The company sources its fresh foods from independent farmers including Maple Lane Farms, Stonington Seafood Harvesters, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Wood Homestead Maple Syrup, The Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, New England Provisions, Coach Farm, L&E Farms, J.R. Liggett’s, Pearson Farm, Big John Leyden’s Tree Farm, Engelbert Farms, Braga Organic Farms, Twin County, Mixon Fruit Farms and Balakian Farms. All of the family farms are committed to environmentally conscious, sustainable growing methods.

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11/22/2013

Mountain Rose Herbs Receives Highest “Fair for Life” Certification Status

Mountain Rose Herbs, one of the nation’s largest bulk suppliers of organic herbs, spices, and teas, has earned the highest achievement of a Level 5 rating for both Social and Fair Trade Certification and Social Responsibility from Fair for Life/IMO, certifying Mountain Rose Herbs operations and procedures throughout the company as Fair for Life. The Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Programme offers operators of socially responsible projects a solution for brand neutral third party inspection and certification in initial production, manufacturing, and trading. It combines strict social and fair trade standards with adaptability to local conditions.

Social equity plays a crucial role in the economic lives of people all over the world.  Focusing on Fair Trade means ensuring that those who produce, farm, and work are treated and paid fairly.  In order to receive this certification, Mountain Rose Herbs is visited by an auditor from IMO every May. This auditor does random interviews with employees at every level of the company.  Inspections involve every facet of the operation, from health and safety, to energy management, to conditions of the workplace, to fair compensation.  There is an expectation to meet strident Fair Trade standards for how the company works with farmers, customers, and others throughout the community. The company must provide documentation about how Fair Trade practices are employed every step of the way in the production, operation, and distribution of products offered. Last year, Mountain Rose Herbs achieved a Level 4 in their second year of partnering with IMO and now in their third year, they’ve achieved the highest rating.

“We have longstanding friendships with the farms that grow our herbs and deeply value the skill and dedication of our in-house staff, so we’re proud to go beyond traditional Fair Trade practices in order to honor their important work. It was imperative that we challenge ourselves to meet the stringent requirements to certify our entire company, not just our products. We’re thrilled to reach the highest level this year,” said Jennifer Gerrity the Executive Director of Mountain Rose Herbs.   

About Mountain Rose Herbs
Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices, and a steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products. Their wide range of product offerings includes bulk herbs and spices, aromatherapy and essential oils, tea and tea supplies, and natural health and body care. Every aspect of product creation is carried out in accordance with strict quality control and organic handling procedures by employees who care. From fragrant and beyond-fresh organic herbs and spices, to soothing essential oils and delicious herbal teas, the quality and integrity of Mountain Rose Herbs is unparalleled – with smiles guaranteed. 

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