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Goat Milk

Amy, one of recent subscribers, is organically raising dairy goats.  She has most delicious milk available for sale, and she is just one block away from us  (off Rancho Rio).  If you are interested, you can visit her website here or contact Amy Solis (calicoale<the at sign>sbcglobal<the dot> net).

–posted by Linda

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Meet the Crew

Here is our full-time crew:

photo credit: L. Butler

Pictured left to right: Hailey Stiers, Shaun Periso, and Mandy Caldcleugh.

These folks are amazing.  Each would be a star in their own right, and together they make the perfect team – diligent, tenacious, inquisitive, and really, just a lot of fun to work with.  Most of all, perhaps, is that they really work hard.

They were kind enough to offer these brief bios:

Hailey

Hi! My name is Hailey and I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. I attended UCSC and graduated with a B.A. in psychology in March 2011. After graduating, I moved to Hawaii where I worked and lived on a lettuce and coffee farm for 4 months. I began working at Lindencroft in August and immediately fell in love with the farm. I have seen it transition through summer, fall, and winter and am excited to see spring soon. Working at Lindencroft is helping to prepare me to have my own farm someday.

I’m also an avid distance runner and love to go trail running around the San Lorenzo Valley. Sometimes I even run along Highway 9 just for thrills. I’m also practicing to be a stand-up comedian. I think Linda appreciates this the most 🙂

Shaun

Hi.  I’m Shaun.  I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. where I grew up surfing and fishing the central coast.  In Santa Barbara I worked as a climber with my dad, who has a small tree care company.

Since moving to Santa Cruz, I’ve been working up at Lindencroft.  I love spending my time growing plants and being in the ocean.

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Mandy

Hi! My name is Mandy and I have been working at this beautiful farm for three months now. My husband, JP, and I moved to California two and a half years ago, from our home state of Louisiana. I graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2007. Very soon afterwards JP and I moved to Australia for two years where he obtained a Masters in Oenology. We then went on to New Zealand where we both worked for Spy Valley Winery, I in the vineyard and JP in the winery. Watching the sunrise every morning at work and being outside with nature made me feel truely alive. From then on I knew I wouldn’t be spending my days in a dental office. It wasn’t until we moved to California that I really fell in love with food and realized I needed to be an organic farmer. Shortly afterwards I found Freewheelin’ Farm, where I worked as their apprentice for eight months last season. My interest was sparked and as soon as the season ended I took classes and obtained a Certification in Permiculture Design. I am facinated with growing food, continuosly reading and taking classes and courses whenever possible. I am so happy that life has led me in this direction and planted me at Lindencroft.

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…what you eat

picture from gemplers.com

We receive catalogs for farming supplies that feature products like this. Now, I have nothing bad to say about gemplers, the company whose safety products are pictured here – they seem to be a fine company.  My point is simply that needing to wear safety equipment like this is standard practice when dealing with the kinds of chemicals routinely used in conventional farming.  Chemicals that are applied to the foods people eat.  Many will tell you that the food is perfectly safe to eat.  But for me, if you need to protect yourself like this just to apply the stuff, why would you want to eat it?

Which leads me to this little news gem:

Breaking: Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France

by: Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

February 13, 2012

In a major victory for public health and what will hopefully lead to other nations taking action, a French court decided today that GMO crops monster Monsanto is guilty of chemically poisoning a French farmer. The grain grower, Paul Francois, says he developed neurological problems such as memory loss and headaches after being exposed to Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller back in 2004. The monumental case paves the way for legal action against Monsanto’s Roundup and other harmful herbicides and pesticides made by other manufacturers.

In a ruling given by a court in Lyon (southeast France), Francois says that Monsanto failed to provide proper warnings on the product label. The court ordered an expert opinion to determine the sum of the damages, and to verify the link between Lasso and the reported illnesses. The case is extremely important, as previous legal action taken against Monsanto by farmers has failed due to the challenge of properly linking pesticide exposure with the experienced side effects.

When contacted by ReutersMonsanto’s lawyers declined to comment.

Monsanto’s Deadly Concoctions

Farmer Paul Francois was not alone in his quest to hold Monsanto accountable for their actions. He and other farmers affected by Monsanto’s deadly concoctions actually founded an association last year to make the case that their health problems were a result of Monsanto’s Lasso and other ‘crop protection’ products. Their claims were also met by many other farmers. Since 1996, the agricultural branch of the French social security system has gathered about 200 alerts per year regarding sickness related to pesticides. However only 47 cases were even recognized in the past 10 years.

Francois, whose life was damaged by Monsanto’s products, has now set the powerful precedent in the defense of farmers.

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

It is also important to note that Monsanto’s Lasso pesticide was actually banned in France back in 2007 following a European Union directive that came after the ban of the product in other nations.

–posted by Steven

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Ridge Hoop House

Here is the one hoop house on the ridge: it’s 96′ x 30′.

And here’s the view from the inside:

The crops are still pretty small – we started planting this out on 11/30/11.

Finally, there’s a weather system coming in – we really need the rain.  Check out the sky above the hoop house:

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