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Word of the Day


2 – A widely held but false belief or idea.

2.1 A misrepresentation of the truth.

 The idea that Certified Organic farmers do not spray their crops or use chemicals is a Myth. This myth is constantly being perpetuated by organic growers, the news media, information outlets and gullible believers.

“In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances while prohibiting or strictly limiting synthetic substances. [2] For instance, naturally occurring pesticides such as pyrethrin and rotenone are permitted, while synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are generally prohibited. Synthetic substances that are allowed include, for example, copper sulfate, elemental sulfur …”

chemical structure of pyrethrin


Life is Chemistry and Physics. Whether a farmer uses naturally occurring substances or synthetic substances they are using chemicals and a lot of these chemicals are available in a spray-able form.



Word of the Day


Mechanization – is the process of changing from working largely or exclusively by hand or with animals to doing that work with machinery.


Mechanized agriculture – is the process of using agricultural machinery to mechanize the work of agriculture, greatly increasing farm worker productivity. In modern times, powered machinery has replaced many farm jobs formerly carried out by manual labor or by working animals such as oxen, horses and mules.


David and I use a tiller, have an electric pump for our well, and drive a truck to market. We do not plow by oxen, hand carry water to our fields or drive a horse and wagon to town. We run a small farm and although we do a lot by hand we are mechanized.  Any farmer who has a tractor that pulls several different pieces of equipment such as a plough and a device for laying down plastic mulch is mechanized.

Word of the Day

Cilantro –


is an herbaceous plant. Its leaves are the herb called cilantro and the seed that it produces is the spice coriander.

The two main environmental factors that influence cilantro to bolt and produce seeds are its photoperiod and its sensitivity to ambient temperature.

The photoperiod of regular cilantro is 12 hours of daylight. This factor, when combined with high temperatures of about 75°F, will induce regular cilantro to flower and produce seeds.

Planting cilantro in pots and controlling its exposure to sunlight will help to lengthen its viability.

‘Slow bolt’ cilantro is less sensitive to these factors and more suitable for growing in the summer. However, it will bolt and successive plantings are recommended.


Word of the Day

Photoperiodism –

is the physiological reaction of plants to the length of day, light, or the length of night, darkness.  There are three types of photoperiods or critical lengths for flower production, short day, long day and day-neutral.

Example – spinach – long day

It has a critical day length of 13 hours.

Today the day length is 12 hours 49 minutes.

Once the day length is 13 hours long expect the spinach in your garden to bolt and become bitter.


Word of the Day – Putin

cartoon posted 30 march


Word of the Day


a missed guided concept

Another feel good term used by some who think throwing out the baby with the bathwater is acceptable and who do not understand the Theory of Evolution or the science that proves it.

The genetically modified organism is not the problem. What the organism is used for after it has been modified is the problem.

eg. Sprayed with glyphosate (cancer risk) or modified to produce insulin, Factor VIII
and beta-carotene for Vitamin A  (lifesaving)


Word(s) of the Day

Sustainable Farming


agriculture concept

a feel good term loosely used by some organic growers to overlook the fact that plastic mulch and row covers pollute the environment.

The Biggest Source Of Plastic Trash You’ve Never Heard Of

Influence of row Covers on Heavy Metal Accumulation in Chinese Cabbage