Organic Gardening, Awareness, and ActivismGardening is a hobby for me.
I believe it is very important to be aware of what is happening around the world. This is something that requires some effort. Most mass media newscasts seem not to provide much in-depth (or any) information about a wide range of world affairs. I have listed a few sites here that might make your search for information easier.
My search for media and information sites has led me to some interesting sites that provide information about activism and organizations that work for a better more just world. I hope you have fun here and find something to increase your awareness. And, I hope your increased awareness leads to more fun.
topics of interestGardening resources
Recreation and Personal Growth
Alternative Media: Links to information that is not easily available through commercial news mediaMedia sites with streaming audio content
Other media sites with information and commentary that is not easily available through mainstream news sources
Awareness will ultimately lead to action, here are links to some organizations and tools
I do not believe that indiscriminately spraying toxic chemicals on food crops is a wise and ethical practice. Since GATT and other trade agreements overruled many of the protections that our food supply enjoyed, I have noticed that an alarming amount of supermarket produce tastes or smells strongly of pesticides and or fungicides. I suggest writing your legislators and demanding that provisions be added to GATT to protect consumers from pesticide residues on food. Demand that funding must be increased for the "Pesticide Data Program" to determine safe levels of pesticide residues permittable on foods.
I also feel that the mass marketing of herbicides
and pesticides to homeowners should be regulated strictly. Use of
these dangerous chemicals can have serious short and long term negative
consequences. Too much is unknown. Supposedly inert ingredients like carriers and wetting agents may do as much damage as the more carefully regulated active ingredients. Herbicides and pesticides simply should not be marketed for profit to uninformed
consumers. Too many homeowners think that if a little is effective, a lot is more effective. This is not the case.
There is no reason to kill the dandelions in our lawns and poison
our environment in the process. If we can learn to enjoy the beauty of
bio-diversity, our children's health will benefit.
My Favorite Garden crops include:
- Melons: I prefer small red and yellow watermelons to larger varieties. Yellow Doll and Mickylee are good home varieties. Mickylee is sold by Ferry Morse and others. Charentais canteloupe varieties like Charmel taste the best, but don't last very long at the peak ripeness stage. Try Sweetie Butterscotch melon in short season areas.
- Peppers: Ultraset from Stokes is my favorite red sweet pepper. Lipstick from Johnny's is another good choice if you have a short season and like red peppers. Early Sunsation is a good green pepper that ripens yellow and Antohi Romanian is a prolific sweet wax pepper that ripens red. If you like big blocky bells try LaBamba from Harris Seeds. Arledge is my favorite hot pepper. In the last few years I have grown many varieties of hot peppers. I have saved seeds from cross pollinated pepper plants and found the results to be very good. I have one that is a cross (Arledge x Lipstick) x Hungarian Wax that is outstanding. I have saved the best seeds from that cross now for 5 years.
- Tomatoes: I have been frustrated with tomatoes due to diseases including fusarium. My favorites include Sun Sugar, Rose Quartz, Prudens Purple, Yellow Brandywine, Whippersnapper, Rose, Sandul Moldovan, and a large pointed paste type called Manny (which I got from Hockanum Greenhouse in Storrs, CT.) Manny is my favorite tomato overall for flavor, as well as vigor and meatiness. If you like grape tomatoes try Jolly. It's large pink and very sweet when fully ripe.
- Garlic, Onions, Companion Plants and Herbs: I have grown ten types of stiffneck garlic including German Extra Hardy, Leningrad, Premium Northern White, Music, Purple Stripe, Chesnok Red, Brown Tempest, Metechi, Bogatyr, Aces Rocambole from a local source. I have grown many onion varieties form seed including Ailsa Craig. I plant nasturtiums with squash, blue hyssop with broccoli, flowering coriander with tomatoes and flowering radishes and raab with cucumbers to help provide insect protection. Bean Beetles have been my most difficult insect problem. I haven't tried releasing the specfic type of parasitic wasps that prey on them. Flea beetles are a difficult pest for me as well. Floating row covers are necessary in spring to grow mustard family crops and eggplant.
Tomato Pepper and Other Agronomy Pages
- The On-line Tomato Vine
- This collection of tomato pages is without equal. An authoritative WWW source for info on Tomatoes.
- Tomato Mailing List Information
- If you need still more info on tomatoes
- Firegirl's Chile page
- Includes a seed exchange.
- ChileHeads page
- Chile Lovers unite.
- Chile Varieties database
- Graeme Caselton's database is astonishing
- Vegetable information
- Texas A&M site; if you have problems with or want information about specific vegetables this is a good place to start.
- A Multi-state Extension Materials Database: Requires no password, user fee, or registration
- NewCrop Purdue
- The Web site of the Indiana Center for New Crops & Plant Products, at Purdue University. NewCROP provides windows to new and specialty crop profiles
- Links to every state agricultural institution, also Federal and International links
- National Agricultural Library
- links to lots of academic information including AGNIC.
- The Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book
- A subject oriented internet resource guide for plant pathology, applied entomology, and all related fields.
- WWW search engine specifically geared to help users find agricultural products and services on the internet.
- Agriculture Online
- Lots of info on farming
- Garlic Seed Foundation
- Links to resources for East Coast garlic Growers
- The Plants Photo Gallery
- United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service provides photographic images of native plants.
- Plants for a Future- A Resource and Information Centre for Edible and other useful plants
- Plants for a Future seeks to gather together and disseminate information on the many useful properties of plants, particularly those plants which are less common in todays society. One major project has been the construction of a database of useful plants which contains over 7000 species, which is now available online.
- Connecticut College Arboretum
- Local for me, great info source and lots of good links too.
- Southwest-School-of-Botanical-Medicine Plant Images by Genus
- A thorough listing of medicinal plant images
- American Herbalist Guild Member Pages
- Links to Herbal Sites of Interest
- Northeast Organic Farming Association
- The Northeast Organic Farming Association is an affiliation of seven state chapters: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
- Don't Panic Eat Organic
- This is an especially good organic growing page.
- Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America
- Cornell University Web site provides photographs and descriptions of major biological control (or biocontrol) agents of major insect, disease and weed pests in North America.
- Sustainable agriculture Papers
- A Collection of writings on sustainable agriculture
- Arizona Biological Control Inc.
- SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL ALTERNATIVES FOR GROWERS!
- Organic1's page
- Organic1 is the organizer behind Undernet #gardening, his page that has lots of links to organic growing information.
- Johnny's Selected Seeds
- The best all around selection I know of for seeds and supplies for gardeners. Their peppers are the best for the north. Valencia tomato is a winner too.
- Cook's Garden
- Some interesting salad greens and heirloom vegetables can be found here.
- Seeds of Change
- Unusual heirloom seeds from culturally diverse sources. They have changed since they were bought out a large corporation known for candy.
- Renee's Garden Seeds
- Choice varieties for home gardeners
- White Flower Farm
- Flowering Plants and Bulbs
- Peaceful Valley
- One of the best sources I've seen for organic growing supplies.
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
- Very good tomato selection, lots of good heirlooms peaked my interest here.
- Stokes Seeds
- Big selection, great prices.
- Thompson and Morgan
- Excellent flower seed selection,
- Parks Seed
- Big selection, and lots of info on the web site too.
- Tomato Grower's Supply
- This is the best Source I have seen for tomato seeds
- Logee's Greenhouses, Ltd.
- 141 North Street, Danielson, CT, 06239, 860-774-8038, everything you can grow indoors (plus great herbs) in 2" pots
- Fedco Seeds
- An excellent co-operative source for non-treated hybrid and heirloom seeds. Great prices too and quantity discounts. Order deadline March 15.
- Richter's Herbs
- This is the best source I have seen for herb seeds and plants
- Nourse Farms
- A source for high quality, virus-indexed, small fruit plants: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants and gooseberries, as well as asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish.
- Filaree Farm
- My favorite garlic website. This is the place to find unusual garlic with lots of information too.
- Territorial Seeds
- Great selection of seeds for short cool growing seasons including some real nice garlic varieties.
- Nichol's Garden Nursery
- Herbs, rare seeds and plants including garlic.
- Gourmet Garlic Gardens
- Another garlic source.
- American Canoe Association
- Canoe Poling is one of my hobbies. The ACA Sanctions races and other events
- 2005 ACA Canoe Poling Schedule
- Here is a schedule of Canoe Poling races and events for 2006. This list is more comprehensive and updated more often than the ACA Page. Look for more poling info here soon.
- Northeast Paddler's Message Board
- An information and communication resource for paddlers in the Northeast Region.
- Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
- Headquartered in Boston, MA. A Connecticut school is located in Westerly R.I: classes in Push Hands, Chi Kung, and Tai Chi.
- Southern New England Indigenous Music Links
- NEW CONTENT: evolving original page of links to music calenders, venues, and artists in southern New England and New York.
- World Radio Network
- Shortwave Radio broadcasting through Real Audio. You will find international news broadcasts from Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and many others here.
- Freespeech Radio News
- A daily news program.
- Radio Netherlands
- Radio Netherlands provides information in a very listener friendly format.
- Radio France International
- Radio France International provides informative and thorough coverage of world affairs
- Deutsche Welle
- Deutsche Welle, the German broadcast service is available in English on real audio
- Radio Canada International
- Radio Canada International
- The BBC is always thorough.
- OutfarPress Shortwave
- Highly recommended: one half hour per week, clips from international short wave news broadcasts
- Radio For Peace International
- RFPI based in Costa Rica has some very interesting programming about Central and South America. The audio quality is poor.
- Voice of Russia
- For another perspective
- Democracy Now
- Another nightly newscast
- Radio Nation
- From the Nation Magazine
- From FAIR, media watchdogs
- Your Call
- Laura Flanders show on KALW
- INVESTIGATIVE News Radio Weekdays from KPFA
- Glen Hauser's World of Radio
- Glen monitors and summarizes diverse world radio sources
- ENN Radio
- Environmental News Network
- Jim Hightower
- Commentary from a lone voice from Texas
- National Radio Project
- Attempting to build a sustainable model of independent news programming. Utilizing voices and perspectives rarely heard in media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics, the connections between local and global events, and creative possibilities for people to engage in hopeful democratic change.
- Mike's Radio World
- A thorough listing of Shortwave Radio stations including many that broadcast on the internet
- MIT List of Radio on the Internet
- This list of radio stations on the internet is very complete
- The Nation
- Thorough journalism which addresses topics ignored or covered up by other media.
- Z magazine
- News and stimulating commentary. Links to Noam Chomsky Archive are especially valuable.
- Left Business Observer
- Stimulating information and commentary about our economy, and how it functions.
- Fairness and Accuracy in Media, thank you FAIR for speaking truth to power. FAIR also has a great audio segment called Counter Spin.
- Mother Jones Magazine
- Thought provoking information and commentary on social justice.
- Utne Reader
- Sometimes interesting, you be the judge.
- Columbia Journalism Review
- CJR critiques the media, and reports what the others wont.
- Boston Globe's Latest World News
- This is one of the better commercial news pages on the web.
- Corporate Watch
- We are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants. We also aim to do something about it!
- Michael Moore's Page
- Comedy or Commentary? Michael Moore is good at what he does, exposing the soft underbelly of corporate greed. Producer of "Roger & Me," "TV Nation," The Awful Truth," and "Downsize This"
- Opensecrets.org / The Center for Responsive Politics
- Politicians may not be "For Sale" in the USA, but there seem to be many who are "For Rent." The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. You can learn here who got how much from who. The Center’s work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.
- Essential Information
- Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader, Essential Information is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. They provide provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers.
- Truthout scans various media sources
- Economic Democracy
- Towards a democratic economic system and media
- Project Censored
- Compiles an annual list of 25 news stories that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media.
- CounterPunch is the bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Twice a month they bring readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.
- Stimulating and value-driven information we need to create change and good policies.
- Consortium News
- Committed to honestly informing the American people about important events, no matter what the political and economic pressures.
- In These Times
- Dedicated to informing and analyzing popular movements for social, environmental and economic justice
- Information Clearinghouse
- A source of unreported (or under reported) news from around the globe.
- An Arab and Islamic world perspective
- Arab News
- From Saudi Arabia
- From Egypt
- From Israel
- Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
- From Iraq
- Angry Arab New Service
- A source on politics, war, the Middle East, Arabic poetry, and art.
- Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace
- Stated goal: Working to end the U.S.-led sanctions and bombings against Iraq, and ending U.S. support for Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and its oppression of the Palestinian people, in accordance with international law.
- Grist Magazine
- Grist tackles environmental topics with irreverence, intelligence, and a fresh perspective with the goal to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage creative thinking about environmental problems and solutions.
- ENN: Environmental News Network
- Environmental News Network has been working to educate the world about environmental issues facing our Earth
Botany and Plant Information
Organic Gardening Sites
Seed sources: I've had excellent results with all these
Recreation and Personal Growth
Alternative news media and information that is not easily available through commercial mediaPolitical Disclaimer: It is very easy to identify the problems in our society. Enacting positive change, however requires AWARENESS, WORK, and VIGILANCE. Many Americans believe that we live in a nation which automatically guarantees freedom and democracy. I fear that this has never been the case, we must work hard to maintain and revive democracy, justice, and truth in the media. This starts with AWARENESS. Government and news media dominated by money may work to enhance our material wealth. Too many Americans equate materialism with freedom and justice. These sites below may help to raise our awareness; they cannot necessarily provide us with solutions to the problems they identify. That is the challenge that is before every citizen. Start by talking with your friends and neighbors, don't be afraid. Believe that your voice can make a difference. Write to your legislators, BE HEARD! and ACT!
Media sites with audio content
Other DIVERSE media sites
Links to Organizations and Tools to Affect Positive Change
Protecting and Restoring our Rivers and Water Quality