|Obama’s budget axes bacteria testing for fruits and vegetables|
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2012.By Garance Burke (AP) – San Francisco: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would eliminate the nation’s only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
|Local in winter: an invitation|
Grist - 2/17/2012.By Twilight Greenaway – This string of dried peppers was a gift from Annabelle Lenderink, a farmer I know. When she handed them to me on one of her last days in the Berkeley Farmers Market for the season, I remember her saying, “They look really nice when the sun shines through them.”
|How to heat your chickens with compost|
Treehugger - 2/17/2012.By Sami Grover – We know that you can heat your shower with a compost pile. Heck, you can even cook food on compost if you want to. But here's a neat use of waste heat from the composting process – you can use it to keep your chickens warm.
|Organic gardens on small plots take lots of advance planning|
Kennebec Journal - 2/17/2012.By Denis Thoet – The ground is frozen solid. We're two months away from spring and more than three months away from the last frost date, which can be as late as the first week in June. Time to relax? No, it's time to get moving at Long Meadow Farm.