Monday, July 28, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"The Heart of Virginia Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter, created by the Old Dominion RC&D Council, has only one goal in mind. That goal is to be your regional support in assisting you in selling your products to purchasers. We want to provide technical and marketing assistance and essentially be your Farmer’s Chamber of Commerce. Now we need your help.
This organization is currently in need of the producers themselves to serve on the board. Without the producer’s input we cannot provide the tools you need to effectively market your product. We hope you have enjoyed the Heart of Virginia Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guides. We have worked hard to develop this “FREE” marketing tool. The organization is currently working on other means of support for local producers. Your input is vital to the ongoing growth and success of this organization which in turn promotes your products.
We need producers from each county in our network (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward). We realize you are very busy “producing” but this organization wants to help you sell and cannot do it alone. We are asking if you are interested in continuing this organization that you provide dates and times that would work best for you to attend meetings. You may not be able to attend every meeting due to harvest responsibilities but any time you can give would help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please call the Old Dominion RC&D Council at (434) 547-0540.
Our next BFBL Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Heartland Business Park, 200 Heartland Drive, Keysville, Virginia. We would really appreciate your presence at the meeting or verbal/written commitment of your involvement interest. Your attention to our request is sincerely appreciated!"
For more information, visit Buy Fresh Buy Local
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
- Rain water, especially rain during thunderstorms, contains more nitrogen than ground water. Nitrogen is the first number in a fertilizer listing - 5-10-5, for example, is 5% nitrogen, 10% phosphorous, and 5% potash (potassium). Nitrogen greens leaves. The first number helps leaves, the middle number boosts flowers, the last number boosts roots. Nitrogen is a macro nutrient that plants need.
- Ground water doesn't lack nitrogen, but the soil tends to add various organic salts to the water as it percolates through the soil particles. These salts interfere with a plant's ability to absorb nitrogen. It's not that ground water lacks nitrogen, it's that it contains other chemicals which may hinder a plant's ability to absorb nitrogen.
- Thunderstorm rain contains the most nitrogen because of lightning.
- Other particles in the air from pollution, including nitrogen, descends in the dirt particles attached to rain. These also feed plants!
On the whole, then, rain water IS better for the garden than ground water. It's not my imagination. I can't control rain, and I can only hope and watch the weather forecasts. This summer we actually have too much moisture. Look at my miniature rose, below:
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
- Oloves Basil and Garlic
- Oloves Chili and Oregano
- Oloves Lemon and Rosemary
- Oloves Chili and Garlic
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