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Letter: Tami Wilson writes supporting farmers markets, going organic

I'm happy to read about the Columbia farmer's markets and the nice variety that is available- especially the organically-grown produce.

Going organic is so much healthier for the soil and likewise for people, than conventional farming methods. There are alternate and healthier methods for pest control, and fertilization that yield much tastier crops without poisoning and polluting our water and soil.

Most of the chemicals used in gardening do much more damage than good in the long run, even when applied to "just the leaves" or the soil, traces of chemicals still get into the edible portions

Thanks especially to anyone who is specializing in raising heirloom crops (crops from "old" seeds), and especially produce that is very healthful, such as dark leafy greens, a variety of melons, and pomegranites, which I love- just to name a few. The climate there is also perfect for growing basil and other herbs- which go great with tomatoes, but I have difficulty finding them at the grocery when I visit.

I currently do not live in the area, and cannot take advantage of the markets there, but have gone at least weekly to farmer's markets in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I have supported organic and sustainable farming methods for the past 18 years.

Thanks for the great article!

-Tami Wilson
Click here for story on farmers market to which Tami Wilson refers

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