Friday, August 6, 2010
You will see no field burning this year. Last year was the last year farmers were allowed to purify their seed through traditional burning...like the Calapooyia Indians did. I find it quite sad, as it was a thrilling season for me as a child. I love the smell and the sight of those plumes of smoke. I would think with more and more people feeling passionate about organic foods, harvesting heirloom seeds, buying their beef from local farms etc...that maybe the agricultural community and their lobbyists could persuade their adversaries that this is actually better than the alternative of increased pesticides and another hit for the Oregon economy. The Willamette Valley produces the purest seed in the world, along with the most. I hope we are able to keep this title up.