Dear Mother: April/May 2009

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

Seeds swaps can be a fun — and free! — way to try new plant varieties, plus meet more of your neighbors.
Small farms are endangered by NAIS requirements that penalize small ranches and farms but offer exemptions for large corporations. You can go to FarmAndRanch for more information, or write your congressperson or President Obama about whether or not NAIS should be implemented.
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.
Inspired by the “brilliant” reader photos in We See You, Helen Moss sent in shots of a liverwort plant from Australia.
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.

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