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SeedWise: Selling and buying organic seeds online directly from USA farmers

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The mission is to help customers buy organic seeds directly from the farmer, while helping seed farmers earn more of a living by selling at retail prices instead of wholesale to seed catalogs.

Press Release by Luke Callahan
San Luis Obispo CA
May 12, 2014

Seedwise.com, the organic and non-GMO seed marketplace, has created an online platform for organic seed farmers to connect directly with retail consumers. Home gardeners and farmers alike can now purchase seeds with the added knowledge of exactly where and by whom, their seeds have been grown.

SeedWise is breaking down one of the last barriers of transparency in the organic movement by integrating the farmer at the root level of commercial exchange. Unlike even the most well-respected organic seed companies, SeedWise allows buyers to choose not just seed variety, but also provides the choice of seeds grown in specific climates, by particular farms.

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Concerns about toxic soils in New York’s Community Gardens

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In New York City, there are more than 700 community gardens and urban farms.

By Vinnie Mancuso
New York Observer
05/05/14

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Bad news for people who like to support their local community gardens when shopping for their vegetables. Good news for people who love ingesting arsenic and lead with their vegetables.

The New York Post reports that a study on soil contamination by the state Center for Environmental Health found toxic soil at 70 percent of New York’s gardens. A shocking 44 percent of the total gardens had lead levels above federal guidelines.

A Freedom of Information Law request by the Post revealed the exact names and locations those gardens most contaminated. Brooklyn did not come out looking so hot.

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A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers in Michigan

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Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week

Inquisitr
May 2, 2014

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.” Backyard and urban farming were previously protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock.

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