By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times – 9:10 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2011
A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.
The product in question: unpasteurized milk.
It’s a battle that’s been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it’s also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Continue reading “Government prohibits sale of healthy food”
We’ve been raising worms for a couple of years and I often put a few worms into pots and garden beds and of course we used the worm castings as fertilizer. Unfortunately, a few months ago most of the worms died. 4 live worms were on the plastic tray under the bin and we couldn’t find any worms in the bin. Maybe they didn’t get enough air, don’t know what happened.
So I’ve been looking for quite some time for a source of red wigglers shipped via UPS or FedEx since the post-office doesn’t deliver to our house. Finally I found these red wigglers at Gardener’s Supply(Eisenia foetida) shipped FedEx and only $40 for 2 lbs including shipping.
I ordered 4 lbs on 4/4/11 and they finally arrived on Friday, 4/14. It was strange that we didn’t get any shipping notification at all and fortunately we found them at the garage door in the evening. [Update 7/13: one of our gardeners ordered from Gardener’s Supply and he was very unhappy, never received the worms]
Here are Gardener’s Supply instructions.
We used a box built for indoor salad growing in winter, before we figured out that we could grow salad outside in the raised beds year round. The bottom is 1/4″ hardware cloth and it happens to fit on an old plastic lid. I suppose we built it to fit. Another lid is the cover so it stays dark.
We had saved some shredded paper (packaging material) and used that as the bottom layer after soaking it in water for a bit. I would have prepared the bedding if I’d had any shipping notice and we just had to get something ready quickly. Mixed some coffee grounds with the paper and then added the first 2 lb bag of worms.
The worms were in excellent condition, moving around fast and the did not appear traumatized at all. Apparently they didn’t mind spending 2 days on the road in paper bags with bedding. The shipping weight was 10 lbs for 4 lbs of worms, so there was quite a bit of bedding included.
Now we’re in the market for a Worm Factory. We’ll need LOTS of vermicompost for the gardens!
Farmer's Almanac April planting schedule April 2011 3rd-4th Poor Planting Days. Break Ground Or Cultivate. 5th-6th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops. 7th-8th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground. 9th-10th Plant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Aboveground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds. Start Flower Gardens. 11th-15th Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests. 16th-17th First Day Good For Planting Corn, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops. Last Day Favorable For Planting Root Crops. All Days Favorable For Sowing Grains, Hay And Fodder Crops, And For Planting Flowers. 18th-20th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Kale, Celery, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting. 21st-22nd Barren Days. Do No Planting. 23rd-25th Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops. 26th-27th Excellent Time To Kill Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. 28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting. 30th Poor Planting Day. Break Ground Or Cultivate