Dear Mother: April/May 2009

Letters from our readers about farm policy, gardening with biochar, NAIS and more.



dearseeds
Seeds swaps can be a fun — and free! — way to try new plant varieties, plus meet more of your neighbors.
CRAIG ELEVITCH
pappy
Small farms are endangered by NAIS requirements that penalize small ranches and farms but offer exemptions for large corporations. You can go to FarmAndRanch Freedom.org for more information, or write your congressperson or President Obama about whether or not NAIS should be implemented.
ISTOCKPHOTO/ALEKSANDR LOVANOV
biochar
Several readers wrote in with some great suggestions for making or finding biochar if your neighborhood has a no-open-burning policy, including using backyard barbecues or purchasing lump charcoal.
ELAYNE SEARS
liverwort
Inspired by the “brilliant” reader photos in We See You, Helen Moss sent in shots of a liverwort plant from Australia.
HELEN MOSS
soybeans
Mary Miller wrote about her disappointing experiences growing GMO soybeans versus heritage varieties, and to warn about the problems she’s discovered with planting GMO crops.
FOTOLIA

















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