This is a really exciting time to be in Jackson County, where we live. We are the only County within the state of Oregon that has the opportunity to ban growing genetically engineered crops. This is going to be a huge battle that will need to be won grassroots style. Syngenta, a Swiss multi-billion dollar chemical company has been growing genetically engineered sugar beets throughout our County. There have been many cases where their genetically engineered sugar beet seeds have cross pollinated with organic beet and chard seeds and completely contaminated the organic crop. So not only do the organic farmers lose their seed contracts, but their reputation is damaged and they are at risk of being sued for illegally growing Sygenta’s patented seed.
Sygenta has already raised over$250,000 for their campaign, 95% of which came from outside of our County. So you have to wonder, who is really supporting this measure? The actual farmers of Jackson County or multi-national corporations? What’s more, Sygenta can’t even grow genetically engineered crops in their own Country because Switzerland banned them in 2005.
We have joined up with Our Family Farms Coalition to pass Measure 15-119 and ban Genetically Engineered Crops from Jackson County. Please help spread the word and support in any way you can (donate, volunteer, etc). Their website is http://www.ourfamilyfarmscoalition.org
Are you registered to vote in Jackson County? This measure will be on the ballot May 20th. Vote Yes and Support our family farms
we support it
In other news…..I’m sure many of you want to know how the chickees are doing…..and they are awesome. But there was a little scare. One night, when they were about a week old, I went to check on them and noticed 5 or 6 chicks that had gotten their tail feathers pecked out and were bleeding. I quickly realized that this was a sign of overcrowding. So at 3am, in a panic, I woke Jeff up and he kindly helped me expand their space into the rest of the trailer. I removed the injured chickees for a couple of days to heal and ever since then, they have been happy growing chicks.
One week old. They had already started getting their true feathers and tail feathers. Notice on her wings, the new striped feathers. This one is an Amercauna chick.
Three weeks old. They are growing and eating a lot more. You can also see more and more of the true feathers coming out. This one is a Barred Rock.
We put in a practice roosting bar to encourage them to rest on the bar as they will do as adults. It’s amazing how instinctual things are, they jumped right on it.
Our neighbors, Kianna (7 yrs old) and Taylah (9 yrs old), named every single one of the chicks. So sweet!
The weather has been so nice. We finally got rain a couple of week ago that turned everything green. And it has been sunny and warm ever since. All the plants are loving it! The strawberries have started flowering
And some of our fruit trees have flowered as well. The plum and cherry trees were the first
Not sure if you remember, but last fall we poured a concrete slab and built a walk-in cooler on part of it. This year, we have decided to finish the project and turn the rest of the platform into a certified kitchen where we can process all of our added value products like tomato sauce, salsa, pickles, jams, sauerkraut, etc…Here, you can see the walk-in cooler on the right and the start of the construction for the rest of the building
Here is another view of the structure
And here it is today, we just got the roof on this weekend!
And other farm stuff….We put a bunch of our seedlings outside to harden off before we plant them next week. We have to get them in before the expected rain Monday night
Anna got her first tractor driving lesson 🙂