Ralph Cole asked:
>Does anyone know of a source for organic feed grains in the southeast
>or mid-atlantic region? I only know of one place in Wisconsin for this, and
>that's a bit far from Tennessee. The local feed mills don't have much
>motivation to supply organic feeds.
Ralph, off the top of my head, a few ideas on where you might find
Michael Straus suggested Organic Valley/CROPP; here is their Web site:
At that site you will find loads of information, including "The
Organic Trader," which has leads to organic feed, forages, and more:
Subscription information for this service appears there.
OFMA's site includes this "farmer's market":
I don't have a sense of how many people access that, or how effective
it is to advertise there. It doesn't look as lively as the Organic
Valley one--that is, postings are older ('98) and not very frequent.
See what you think.
I am, of course, a great supporter of human-to-human networking
around existing information sources. One that comes to mind is
publications by certifying agencies that list feed/forage growers
(either as a column or as a stand-alone directory).
The newsletter of the Wisconsin OCIA chapter (/The Organic
Broadcaster/). It provides a feed, forage, and other inputs
networking column--folks list what they need or what they have
available or are seeking to buy. I can't for the life of me find
which of these gazillion boxes I have my back issues in...but if I'm
not mistaken, that column lists feed sources from all over the US.
The editor of the /Broadcaster/ could help you figure out where to go
for more information close to your area. She could also tell you
whether I'm remembering correctly what's in that column.
Faye Jones, the organizer of the Upper Midwest Organic Farming
Conference, and education coordinator for the Midwest Organic and
Sustainable Education Services (MOSES), might be of help to you on
I don't know whether other certifying agencies' chapters provide the
same service, but that would be worth checking into. For instance,
Oregon Tilth publishes a directory of its certified folks; I can't
say off the top of my head whether it's available to anyone who wants
to subscribe to it or not. (It wouldn't be much use otherwise, would
it?) I've seen other small directories of this sort; I don't know of
any centralized repository of them. Does ATTRA have any?
Whatever you learn about information resources for this, Ralph, would
you kindly share it with all us SANETters?
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