Sunday, April 5, 2009

April Meeting Re-scheduled

The April meeting of Healthy Harvest has been re-scheduled due to Easter. We will meet on Saturday, April 18th at 10 AM at the Bird House, and then carpool to Wanda's place in Uvalde to learn about plant guilds and forest gardening. If anyone wants to meet us at Wanda's, just drop me an email or leave a message after this post and I will send you directions. We hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Leave My Food Alone

This has just come to our attention: is a petition designed to stop HR 875. In its current form, the bill could prevent small local organic farms and community gardeners from growing and selling you nutritious, truly fresh, organic produce. It would crush our small local food producers by imposing heavy government regulation that only large corporations could adhere to and make a farmers market almost impossible. It's sort of like NAIS, but for farmers & gardeners.

Please take a moment to read and sign the petition!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


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Pistacios now contaminated with Salmonella

This just in from

"FDA recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products.

The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

FDA first learned of the problem on March 24, when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft had identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall."