My Apologies – But It’s All Good

I have been remiss in my attention to this blog, and I apologize, but I have been busy with other exciting things.

First I have been writing a few articles for the newly-new publication Modern Farmer, and havej ust been appointed to their Advisory Board. This Thursday we’ll be leaving for a week in Vermont, and will be stopping through Hudson (NY) to visit with and old friend, who is now their Executive Editor. After that we’ll be visiting family in both the northern and southern parts of the state, and, if weather permits climbing my old friend Camels Hump in between.

Second I have been given the opportunity to help Earth Harvest Organics meet the surging demand for organic fertilizers and pest controls. I worked with them a number of years ago, but I got busy with my teaching and my job for the county and drifted apart. We’re Back!

Third — and most exciting in the short term — I have been asked to go the Chengdu, Sichuan, China to tour their research facilities and make a presentation at the Sichuan Academy of Forestry.

I hope to add a week to that trip and fly down to visit the unique botanical reserves in Xishuangbanna and then travel overland back north to Kunming (where my friend who arranged the trip has many professional colleagues), then west to Lijiang, and overland back to Chengdu. If you want to see why overland instead of air, just look at the google map of the route. This is a trip I have wanted to take for 30 years (though I also wanted to have time to take the narrow guage railroad train from Kunming to Hanoi (VN) which is not going to happend due to time and money constraints. I am a train nut, but I have to realistic.

I think this is going to be even more exciting (and challenging) than the trips I made to the Czech Republic in the 1990s and Belarus in 2013, though all have had the same common focus:  the promotion of sustainable and organic food production.

I’ll be back in mid-September, ready to go for that late fall and early winter garden that the mid-Atlantic USA used to offer!

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