This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

a disastrous year for massachusetts farming

"Governor Deval Patrick today asked federal officials to declare most of Massachusetts a disaster zone for agricultural production losses, which are expected to amount to tens of millions of dollars .... He said the state estimates it lost more than 30 percent of the value of its tomato crop, about 50 percent of the value of its corn crops, and nearly 100 percent of the tobacco crop." Boston Globe


Anonymous Jane D. said...

Hi, Kathy. I tried to contact you at some point last year but I think my timing was off. My name is Jane Dornbusch and I am a food writer for the Boston Globe. Would you be interested in talking to me for a possible Globe story about pumpkins? If so, could you please email me at, and we can figure out how to proceed? I enjoy your blog and hope we can connect! Thanks.

September 08, 2009 9:10 PM

Blogger Eileen said...

Hi Kathy,
I hope you do an article!

September 09, 2009 6:47 AM

Blogger Daphne said...

Wow I'm surprised about the corn (not about tomatoes). Corn last year at the farmers' market was 75 cents per ear. This year it is 50. I figured the corn was doing fine.

September 09, 2009 8:27 AM


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