Howdy "oh so compassionate" Eaters and Food Activists -
As always the BADSEED *Winter* Farmers Market will be ripe for the pickins' this Friday from 4-8 PM. Our gregarious gang of growers will have their usual array of organic delights available. I will get to all that in a minute....but for now, enough about food and farmers, lets talk about SEED!!
"SEEDS FOR HAITI"
Seed Donation Drive at the BADSEED Market
This Friday, Feb. 5th and next Friday, Feb.12th (4-8 PM)
Many of us have been touched by the recent earthquake in Haiti that has left
hundreds of thousands of people dead or in disarray. We desperately want to
help, but the idea of sending actual dollars that will most likely get
plundered before ever reaching the physical hands of those in need is
unsettling. Therefore, let's show our love and support in the form of SEEDS
- physical seeds that will produce physical food and nourishment for the the
families that sow them.
Bring a packet of seed for donation this Friday or next
to the BADSEEDFarmers Market.
(Suggested crops and local retailers are included at the end of this e-mail).
Seeds will be organized and shipped to a reliable NGO in Naples, Florida
who will be the on-ground distributor.
Seeds should arrive in time for Haiti's next planting season which occurs in
A single packet of seed costs as little as $2.00, but the bounty of food
that comes from it is invaluable. Such a small sum of money is a realistic
donation for most, and for those of you who are able, larger quantities are
*A limited quantity of seed will be available for purchase at the BADSEED
Market for those who are unable to procure seeds before-hand.
**BIG THANKS TO LEW EDMISTER AND The Kansas City Center For Urban Agriculture FOR ORGANIZING THIS EFFORT!!!
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends!!!
**If you can't get to BADSEED on the next two FRIDAYS, you can also MAIL IN SEED PACKAGES (for Haitian Food Relief) to the following addresses:
SEEDS for HAITI
4223 Gibbs Road
KC, KS 66106
SEEDS for HAITI
c/o Lew Edmister
921B W 17th St
KC, MO 64108
Lew (the originator of this grassroots relief program) can be reached at
Yay! Lets donate some seeds! And now back to the Farmers Market -
This Friday's Organic Offerings will include:
*Gourmet Mushrooms in shitake & oyster not to mention farm-fresh Brown Eggs from Paul and Judy at the Mushroom Farm
*Grass-Fed Lamb including French Racks, bone-in and boneless lamb legs, lamb kabob meat, lamb shanks cut Osso Bucco style, lamb stew meat, and ground lamb. As well as Farmstead Sheep's Milk Cheeses in an impressive array of aged and fresh varieties from Green Dirt Farm
*Heirloom Pumpkins for fantastic winter soups, breads, pies, and more from Super Pov atHun's Garden
*Whole Grains Breads, specialty loaves, and baked goodies (vegan options available) from our friends at Bread of Life Bakery
*Sweet Potatoes!!!.....and moist and delicious breads, pies, cinnamon rolls, and endless sweet treats from Alice's home-grown and freshly ground wheat. As well as Farm-Fresh BrownEGGS, Canned Goods, and Wood Carved Bowls at Western Hills Produce
*Rich, dark, and devastating (in all the right ways) Organic &Fair Trade Coffee from our favorite local roaster, Harry, at Puddin’ Head
See you (and your seeds) this Friday!
farmer & mistress of the BADSEED
An Urban-Organic Farm & Market Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community
*Haiti has a tropical climate. Vegetables and herbs grow year-round, and farmers are able to produce both warm-weather and cool-weather crops depending on the season. Without getting too particular, the following crops are acceptable (and of course, organic or untreated seed is encouraged) -
Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Lima Beans, Black Beans, Southern Peas, Melons, Sweet Corn, Okra, Eggplant, Tomatoes (roma varieties do better), Hot Peppers, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Kale, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Radishes, Turnips, Carrots, Cabbage, Beets, and most Culinary/Medicinal Herbs
Local retailers that carry (organic or heirloom) seeds include:
513 Walnut St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Local Seed Companies (for ordering on-line) include:
Many people *are* concerned about eating genetically engineered foods because of possible health risks. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is getting closer to approving Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, despite the fact that it's likely to contaminate other crops, including organic alfalfa. Almost all organic dairies are dependent upon organic alfalfa, and organic standards don't allow the use of GE crops. Tell the USDA to preserve organic and reject GE alfalfa.
The USDA has studied the possible contamination issues with this perennial crop. They admit there could be problems, but claim they don't know if the contamination of organic alfalfa would matter to consumers of organic food. This is ridiculous, since avoiding genetically engineered ingredients is one of the biggest reasons people seek out organic foods.
We need to tell the USDA loud and clear that consumers want foods that are free from genetic engineering. Tell the USDA that consumers do care, and they should reject genetically engineered alfalfa.
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