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Posted on July 24 at 6:49 a.m.
Santa Barbara was once the epicenter of the organic farming movement. During the late 70's and early 80's there were over 15 small organic farms producing food in a more natural sane way. Now many of these farms are major players in the global organic distribution network. How did these farms get started? You guessed it, at their local farmers market. What is the next generation of organic farmers to do if the most obvious and profitable outlet for their goods is no longer available to them. We, as a community, need to give these young hard-working farmers a chance to sell to their community, as their predecessors did. Not only for their future, but also for our communities future food security.
On Lawsuit Fizzles
Posted on July 17 at 10:29 p.m.
Another shallow article from Brandon Fastman. Marianne must have you on a very short leash there at the Independent. Your coverage of this lawsuit has been pathetic. It looks like you were more concerned with what happened with the Plaintiff's lawyers than with the board and their exploitation of our community. How many articles did you write about this lawsuit? I think I read four. And not one had any depth or pursuit of answers from people who were clearly guilty. Let's put it together. The market does not have anything to say. They hire expensive lawyers with our money. All the while the Indy's editor, whose daughter is a Defendant, sits on her hands, or laptop, as the case may be, and does not cover it as we have come to expect from this publication. I have spent 20+ years sitting down on Thursday mornings with a cup of coffee and reading the Indy. Looks like now I might be switching to decaf.
On Farmers Market Lawsuit Fizzles
Posted on June 21 at 10:07 p.m.
Why is someone from Oxnard running our markets? And doing so in such a way that does not allow our local small farms to participate. We need these new young farmers to have a place to sell so our future can grow. We deserve better.
On Farmers Market Lawsuit Heats Up
Posted on June 20 at 3:57 p.m.
All I know is when one's defense is that the set of rules written by them does not constitute a contract, we know that something is fishy. So essentially they are not required to follow the rules they wrote. Where else would a corporation that does $10 million a year in sales not know they need to follow their bylaws, let alone a non-profit corporation that does business on city property at a very, very affordable rate. The only thing more arrogant than these people are their prices. How about a "locals only" farmers market?
Posted on February 26 at 1:33 p.m.
I have seen them at the market for years. Everytime I have asked they say, "Yes we are organic." Perfect, huge berries all year around. If it seems too good to be true it probably is.
On Erica Rodriguez of Rodriguez Farms
Posted on February 5 at 5:19 p.m.
Please do a search for "jerry brown +peach farmers" and you can read how Gov. Brown in 1977 set the stage for farmers' markets (LA Times article is recommended.) Ironically they were created to help low-income urban areas have access to fresh veggies at affordable prices, after numerous supermarkets were moving from these areas. While they still offer some of the freshest produce, the part about affordable prices is obviously broken. As markets (not just farmers, but all markets) limit the products sold and producers selling them prices go up. Basic supply and demand. With only farmers on the board making decisions about who is allowed to compete with them, I can't help but think this is the reason why the prices are soooo high. Good luck farmers, you are fighting the GOOD fight.
On Farmers Market Harvests Discontent
Posted on February 3 at 10:35 a.m.
I commend these farmers for their choice of vocation (organic farming) and for standing up to forces larger and more powerful than them. It was this sort of courage that that gave farmers in Calif. the right to sell directly to the public in the '70's. In case you do not know the history, peach farmers saw the wholesale prices drop to record lows that made it unprofitable to harvest their crops. And the laws at the time required produce to go through a middleman before it could reach the public. No direct marketing, no farmers markets. So a large group of these farmers chose to pick this unprofitable crop and dump tons of beautiful and very perishable peaches on the front lawn of the capital building in Sacramento. It did not take long before the stench of those rotting peaches, as well as, the stench of "good old boy" regulations to reach Jerry Brown's office. Within a month the rules were changed to allow farmers to sell their goods directly to the public. Thus, farmers markets were born. So while we all love our markets, we must support those that try to fix things that are wrong or unjust. Without such people, we would never of had farmers markets in the first place. Good luck with your lawsuit.