Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Warm and Sunny. Enjoy the day with a visit to our farm.
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TUESDAY FARM STORE 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will have tomatoes, zucchini, kale, mint, eggs, kale,
frilly mustard, and likely more. We have Gravenstein apples and pluots. We will have fresh chicken, but you should wait
at least until Wednesday to cook it. All certified organic. 1146 NE Madison Road, Poulsbo
WA. We're about 7 miles north of Bremerton and about 3 miles east of Silverdale between the Brownsville Keyport Highway
and Central Valley Road.
Friday, August 22, 2014
1:18 pm pdt
SATURDAY FARM STORE 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will have tomatoes, zucchini, kale, mint, eggs, kale,
frilly mustard, Gravenstein apples and likely more. We also have pluots, and nectarines. All certified organic. 1146 NE
Madison Road, Poulsbo WA. We're about 7 miles north of Bremerton and about 3 miles east of Silverdale between the Brownsville
Keyport Highway and Central Valley Road.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Tomatoes, Eggs, Fruit.
1:57 pm pdt
STORE 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will have eggs, tomatoes, zucchini, kale, mint, a few baby beets, and Gravenstein and King apples
(only about 40 lbs). We also have about 15 pounds each of pluots, nectarines, and peaches. All certified organic. 1146
NE Madison Road, Poulsbo WA. We're about 7 miles north of Bremerton and about 3 miles east of Silverdale between the
Brownsville Keyport Highway and Central Valley Road. — at Abundantly Green Certified Organic Produce.
This is a picture of the first fall zucchini of the year, a Cocozelle.
Monday, August 11, 2014
11:27 pm pdt
Today would have been my mother Mable Walker Holt's 99th birthday. She died in the first days
of 1982 at 66. She was a heavy (three to four packs a day) smoker, and died from the cumulative result. She started
in high school, where men handed out cigarettes to high school kids walking to the ferry, at the age of 15. She was
an accountant before I came along. In 1960, she became a farmer.
Straight out from the
south side of the gateway to the garden from the yard where people park, now, there was a crab apple tree. My mother
and I sat beneath that tree in the afternoon one summer as we rested from haying, and read Silent Spring, by Rachel
Carson, to each other. It was the year the book first appeared as a paperback. In another publication, Hoard's
Dairyman, we read about urea (CO(NH2)2 made from cattle urine being introduced into cattle food. I remember her telling me on many
occasions that making an animal a cannibal is wrong.
Under that tree and at the dining table
over Hoard's Dairyman and other cattle magazines, she would tell me that what was being done was immoral and that my generation
would pay the price.
I think that she was wise in her analysis of the situation.
Why are we an organic farm? Part 2: Less ADHD
9:51 am pdt
Certified Organic by the National Organic Program (NOP) is a recordkeeping pain, especially since no one at Abundantly Green
likes to do it. However, we want to let people know that we take our commitment to organic agriculture
very seriously. I am asked often by other farmers why we spend the money and endure the recordkeeping to
be NOP certified. There are lots of reasons, and one is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
While it does not directly affect us, it has become a major problem for our society and it is linked to nerve gas,
Organophosphates are a byproduct of war munitions.
While World War I is known for Mustard Gas, scientists were working on nerve gases. These were used
twenty years later in World War II. After the war there was a lot of this stockpiled. While
it wasn’t exactly taken from the military warehouses and spread on the crops, the transition was speedy and without
testing of the long-term effects on humans.
There are several studies on the link between
organophosphates and ADHD. Organophosphate toxicity is a greater risk for children because their “developing
brain [sic] are more susceptible to neurotoxicants,” and when ingested in food, they receive a larger dose based on
their body weight. Children 6 to 11 years old have markers of organophosphate exposure in their urinary
tract, and that is what was studied. Children can also be exposed before birth.
Children with higher urinary levels of organophosphate metabolites are more likely to meet the
diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
This study concludes: “The
present study adds to the accumulating evidence linking higher levels of pesticide exposure to adverse developmental outcomes.
Our findings support the hypothesis that current levels of organophosphate pesticide exposure might contribute to the childhood
burden of ADHD.”
The study is
and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides, published in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2010.
Published online May 17, 2010 Pediatrics Vol. 125 No. 6 June 1, 2010 pp. e1270 -e1277 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-3058).
this for yourself. You can read the study
at http://www.pediatricsdigest.mobi/content/125/6/e1270.full. The study has an excellent bibliography