Thursday, March 19, 2009

Where Does The Time Go?

Wow! Time fly's when you're busy. Two days went by without a post and I didn't even notice. Sorry. I guess that when the time changed and the days got longer, so did my work load. I have some neat things to talk about in the coming days, so stay tuned.
-The widows mite
-The new chick brooder I built
- A funny picture that our Pastor's daughter drew of me teaching
-The benefits of raw milk

These will not be posted in this order, necessarily, but are coming soon. Until then, enjoy this article written by Alan Nation of StockMan GrassFarmer as it is quite true. I have been watching this thing play out at my job as Produce Manager at the local grocery store.

Tough Times Are Good for Garden Suppliers

Wednesday, 04 March 2009
The number of homes growing backyard gardens is expected to jump by 40% in 2009 according to USA Today. "As the economy goes down, food gardening goes up," said Bruce Butterfield, the research director for National Gardening Association, a non-profit organization for gardening education. "We haven’t seen this kind of a spike in 30 years." George Ball, chairman of the seed company W. Atlee Burpee said, "It’s weird to have everyone else you talk to experiencing plunging markets. We’re on a roll." Ball said under the right conditions, $10 worth of seed can produce $650 worth of vegetables. During World War II, 40% of the nation’s vegetable supply was grown in backyard gardens. Another hot item for backyard farmers are a few laying hens. Virginia farmer, Joel Salatin, said selling young hens to his urban customers was a popular item.

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