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Fwd: Organic Farmer Needs Your Help!! (fwd)
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Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 09:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Fwd: Organic Farmer Needs Your Help!!
As a subscriber to all lists involved, I usually dislike cross-posts,
however, as an organic farmer, I find this chilling. Any farmer/lawyers with
knowledge may want to contact the court as a "friend of the court." Does
anyone know if this has hit local papers?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (bd-l)
Date: 97-09-04 01:02:20 EDT
"Long Hungry Creek Farm is a self-sufficient, small farm that Jeff Poppen
tends with his partner. It is a certified biodynamic, organic farm with
five acres of vegetables for market, experimental orcahrds, extensive herb
and flower beds, grains, hay, cattle, and a fruit tree nursery." from the
intro to "Barefoot Farmer"
Ecological farmer Jeff Poppen, author of 'A Barefoot Farmer,' 'A Barefoot
Farmer II,' 'A Barefoot Farmer III,' and 'A Barefoot Farmer's Handbook of
Medicine,' requested a court injunction last month to prevent Tri-Country
Electric Membership Corporation (TMC) from spraying "Escort" and/or
"Arsenal" (herbicides) from a helicopter along powerlines on his
Demeter-certified BD farm and along powerlines on adjoining properties in
Macon County, TN.
Jeff goes to court on September 19th at 9:00 a.m. at Trousdale County
Courthouse in Hartsville, TN to ask for a permanent injunction against
aerial spraying, in effect asking TMC 'to show cause why a permanent
restaining order should not be issued.'
It is likely that TMC will counter-sue Jeff because his "interference"
which has cost them time and money.
Jeff is not a rich man and he could use any possible support from the
sustainable agriculture community.
1. Any scientific proof that the aerial spraying of herbicides poses a
2. Financial help;
3. Positive thoughts OR your presence at court that morning.
Jeff can be reached at: 615-699-2703 or by writing to P. O. Box 163, Red
Boiling Springs, TNB 37150. Email for Jeff can be directed to
Discussions on this list about the use of herbicides in proximity to
certified farms by utility companies or any other matters related to Jeff's
legal situation will be forwarded to him.
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