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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Warm and Sunny. Enjoy the day with a visit to our farm.

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.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

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.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Tomatoes, Eggs, Fruit.
TUESDAY FARM 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.
First Fall Zucchini is a cocozelle 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

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.

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Why are we an organic farm? Part 2: Less ADHD

Being 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, AKA organophosphates.

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 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 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).

Read this for yourself. You can read the study at http://www.pediatricsdigest.mobi/content/125/6/e1270.full.  The study has an excellent bibliography

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