My friend Samantha is a writer/editor and permaculturalist (in a nutshell - sustainable agriculture). She knows newspapers (she worked as a newspaper editor), and she knows gardening. The recent R-E coverage of Little Artshram day camp and CSA bothered her. She wrote a letter to the editor about the issue and submitted it. They told her they wouldn't run it.
If you've never read or written a letter to the editor, here are some general guidelines. The most common topics include:
Yeah...not so much for the R-E. Samantha didn't agree with them, so they didn't publish her letter. I trust Samantha, though, and if she says Little Artshram's practices are being sensationalized, I tend to believe her. Since the R-E wouldn't publish Samantha's letter, I'm going to. If you have questions about what's going on, I encourage you to contact Little Artshram directly.
Letter to the editor, by Samantha:
Regarding Little Artshram, as a farmer and Permaculturalist, I have
taught alongside Penny Krebiehl (Little Artshram) at NMC and at the
Commons. Having taken the time to review all that has transpired in
the past few months, I’m convinced the coverage of this story is being
sensationalized to sell newspapers. The use of a composting toilet
resulted in articles that continue to imply humanure was used on food
crops. It was not.
This is a small, grass-roots organization under fire by a very few
interested in moving Little Artshram off of the property. Mistakes
were made, but when these errors were brought to the attention of the
Little Artshram director, the Board was notified and steps were taken
immediately to correct them.
As a small-scale farmer, the severity of the attacks on Little
Artshram concern me. Conventional farmers spray their crops with known
carcinogens and yet the one-time use of a composting toilet is forcing
the closure of a farm that focuses on community, health and well
being, and the environment. The closure of the CSA would represent a
huge loss to our community.
Record Eagle, way to bite the hand that feeds.