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Volume 4, Number 9   September 13 - October 18, 2007

Tainted Manure

Tainted Manure
Clopyralid herbicide shows up in Organic Dairy Manure
By Vesta Copestakes

Many readers know that I used to have a small landscaping business and my absolute favorite soil amendment and mulch has always been Mango Mulch created and sold by Grab n' Grow on Llano Road in Santa Rosa. I buy it by the truckload, but it's also available in bag form at nurseries throughout our area. The stuff is brown gold. You can turn lousy soil into rich soil by digging it in or just laying a thick layer on top and letting the rain and worms do the work for you. Magic.

A few years ago Grab n' Grow customers got notices that a broad-leaf herbicide, Clopyralid, was showing up in the manure...
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Affordable Homes
Part Three
By Vesta Copestakes

As one of my advertisers says - now is a great time to buy. It's a Buyer's Market as the saying goes - but you have to have your financial ducks in a row. This is not my strong point so I'm leaving the financial writing to others.

Follow this lead-in to Scott Johnson's article on Financially-distressed Properties - not the only option but it's One people with money are looking at...
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General Plan 2020
Hearings and Public Comment is Ending
By Brenda Adelman

Supervisors recently conducted hearings on the Sonoma County General Plan, a critically important document that lays out goals and policies governing issues related to County growth until the year 2020. In essence, it predicts what our County will look like in 13 years and how we are going to accomplish such goals as protecting water resources for future generations...
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