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There is a booming market growing in the New England and its cannabis is also know as giggle sticks, pot, Mary Jane, refeer, grass, buds, flowers, dank, headies, kind … etc. As more states approve medical dispensaries the patients and caregivers are losing the rights to grow. I am happy for the recent advancement in studies of how the body receives cannabis by mapping the of endocannabinoid receptors throughout the human body. We also greatly appreciate testimonies from patients about the benefits of cannabis and what it has done to stop or help with medical issues while for years pharmaceutical medicine has failed. We must insure that current methods remain in place with caregivers and patient rights to grow their own and not to use automated, chemical or modified cannabis that been provided by commercial industry. When a commercial business opens its bottom line is profit, not to say making money is wrong, but they choose options that do not benefit the patient. I appeal to all patients, let your state know that it’s your American right to have organically grown cannabis with mandatory testing for each crop. It is sad when patients only have access to cannabis only grown in chemicals fertilizers and not been tested safely. I believe forcing cannabis with chemical fertilizer destroys the true value of the medicine that cannabis can produce. Make your dispensary more accountable, make them produce only organicly grown cannabis and hemp in our USA.

By Omar Barnes

Rhode Island’s Winter Farmer Markets Continue to Bloom

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What comes to mind when you think of Rhode Island? Beautiful beaches? Great schools? Family Guy? The best food? How about local farms and craft businesses? With close to 30 farmers markets across the state, demand for locally grown organic food has increased substantially over the past few years. Many health-conscious and community-oriented people seek out farmers markets on a regular basis, and they are the driving force behind the new food renaissance emerging all across the United States, not just our miniature state. I think it is safe to say that this freight train is starting to pick up speed, and it will be near impossible to stop.

Nothing highlights this fact more firmly than the sheer existence, not to mention success, of the Wintertime Farmers Market on Main Street in Pawtucket, the only major winter farmers market in Rhode Island. Once the Hope Street/Blackstone Boulevard market in Providence closes for the year, the wintertime market, less than a mile north over the city border, promptly opens its doors toting over 60 vendors, almost as many as its outdoor counterpart. Farmers, craft business owners, and patrons pick up right where they left off, enjoying every second of being embedded in the heart of their community, summer or winter for the past 8 years.

There are two gigantic benefits to buying products from a local farm or small business:

1. The products offered to customers are made with passion and hand-crafted with care.

2. The money spent on these items is directly injected into the local economy, helping fuel demand and create new opportunities for current and future entrepreneurs.

Without local small businesses, it is impossible for a community to maintain any sense of connectedness or mutual understanding—a common vision so to speak. There is nothing wrong with some globalization and exportation of goods, but there comes a point when businesses have to learn to serve their own constituents before trying to hit the homerun overseas. It is very encouraging to see the emergence of new businesses that are not only profit-driven, but strive to make a positive social impact as well.

The farmers market community in Rhode Island has hit a seemingly endless period of growth. Whether it is a warm sunny day or a cold winter night, indoors or out, Rhode Islanders still manage to support their brothers and sisters on a year-round basis. The fact that our farmers markets never cease operating, even for one week, is proof that a sense of togetherness might be all we need to get to the promised land.

 

-Michael Cerrone Jr., Buxton Bugle Contributor

Want a better lawn? Improve your soil’s health.

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Get your hands on some good grass.

        Get your hands on some good grass.

 

Your soil is a living AND breathing organism. Its health is a function of the symbiotic relationship between the micro-herds of organisms and the available organic matter suspended in a granular material.

 
The organic matter should contain an extensive menu of biodegradables to provide the environment necessary to sustain biological life. In other words, Nature’s organisms must consume the biodegradable matter to release back into the soil the nutrients, minerals and carbon dioxide necessary for a healthy topsoil.

 
There is a very easy and inexpensive way to measure the CO2 level in your soil. The results will indicate the population of organisms and therefore your soil’s health. Simply put, the higher the amount of CO2 the larger the micro-herd of organisms. More organisms equal a healthier soil.

 
You can easily do onsite, a “Carbon Dioxide Burst Test”. This very economical soil respiration test can be purchased at buxtonhollowfarm.com or by calling 401-767-6700. A Soil Inoculant to increase the amount of Nature’s organisms is also available, Buxton Hollow Farm® ORGANIC Compost Tea, a time honored, tried and true recipe for the serious grower and the health conscious gardener.

 

Happy gardening,
Frank & Nancy Jacques