Archive for June, 2016

When Pigs Fly II

Anti GMO = Throwing out the baby with the bath water

A genetically modified organism or GMO is used to produce insulin.

The History of Insulin

“Sequencing and synthesis of insulin

1955: Insulin is sequenced by Frederick Sanger, and is the first protein to be fully sequenced. In1958 Sanger receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research in this area.

1963: Insulin becomes the first human protein to be chemically synthesized.

1978: Insulin is then the first human protein to be manufactured through biotechnology, using bacteria to grow the insulin protein by a company called Genentech.

1982: Synthetic insulin is named ‘human insulin’ marking it as distinct from insulin derived from animals. Human insulin has the advantage of being less likely to allergic reactions than animal insulin. Humilin, manufactured by Eli Lilly, becomes widely available through the 1980s.

Analogue insulin

1996: Eli Lilly markets the analogue insulin lispro under the trade name Humalog. Analogue insulin is a genetically modified form of insulin whereby the amino acid sequence is altered to change how the insulin is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted. [83]”

Millions of people inject themselves with this GMO produced, lifesaving chemical every day.

When Pigs Fly III – Golden Rice

West End Community Market

 Today – Tuesday – 3 pm until 6 pm


What is blooming?

Pink Yarrow


What is coming to market today?  

Homegrown Produce  

  • Legumes  – Roma and Derby green beans
  • Root Crops – new potatoes 
  • Cucurbits – mixed baby squash and mixed baby cucumbers
  • Tomatoes  small quantity






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When Pigs Fly

GMOs  – The Beginning

Jumping Genes – Organic and Naturally Occurring

Acc 90-105, Box 13, Folder "Portraits, Mac-Mc C-Cn"; "Dr. McClintock, investigator in genetics, Carnegie Institution, New York, recipient of the $2,500 Achievement Award of the American Association of University Women for 1947, in recoginition of her distinguished contributions to the advancement of knowledge of heredity and evolution."


Peas and Beans


Farm Journal – week of

June 19 2016 – June 25 2016


The usual maintenance





David tilled between the potato rows and then planted his black-eye peas and Lima beans, two rows each, 75′ long.16_622_fj_catawba2

















He also tilled between my tomatoes. The plan is to cut down the winter rye and use it as mulch around the tomatoes.



Grandin Village Community Market


Today – Saturday – 8 am until 12 noon


What is blooming?——

Rose of Sharon——-

What is coming to market today? 

Homegrown Produce

  • Legumes  –  Roma and Derby green beans
  • Root Crops – green onions
  • Cucurbits – mixed baby squash and cucumbers
  • Tomatoes – a few 




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One Tomato, Two Tomato, Three…

This year I gave my tomatoes more room to grow, spacing them 24 inches apart instead of 18″. Because of this I have fewer plants growing.

This year, because of crop rotation, our tomato plants are spread all over our growing areas. I have about 300 plants growing this season, including Catawba. Click on picture to enlarge.

  •  Main bed – 6216_622_fj_toms_main
  • Aux. 1 –  26
  • Aux. 2 – 33
  • Aux. 3 – 13
  • Mini – 3
  • Raised – 9
  • Hugelkulter bed – 12
  • Hill Garden – 11
  • Fence Garden – 8
    • Herb Garden – 5
  • Container Garden – 68
  • Catawba – 50 +

















Coming Soon

Tomato Count

How many plants do I have?