New farmers market sprouts in downtown Hamilton |

HAMILTON — The debut of Hamilton’s newest farmers market drew hundreds of area residents and city and county employees to browse and purchase local and regional food and handmade goods.

Market on the Plaza runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 31 outside the Hamilton Municipal Building at 345 High St., but Thursday’s rain forced the event inside.

Thursday’s market featured everything from cookies, produce and coffee to bread, soaps and handcrafted baby items.

Leah Nelson, of Hamilton, who came to the market with her husband and their two children, liked the variety of goods and said having a market to shop during week was a better option for her family than finding time to attend one on the weekend.

“Especially with my daughter being in 4-H, all of their activities are on the weekend, so we don’t always get a chance to go to a lot of weekend activities,” Nelson said. “Having something in the community during the week gives a chance to get out here and get more involved.”

A cooking demonstration saw professional chef Sarah Cox-Smith use some of the market’s syrups, spices, jellies, jams and cold-press Greek olive oils and drew a large lunchtime crowd that quickly devoured her gourmet concoctions.

“It’s great to push the local food revolution to keep buying local and get involved with the community gardens that are starting … and just come together as a community,” said Cox-Smith, who plans to post recipes from each week’s demonstration at

Margo Kinney, of Hamilton, said she read about the market online and decided to check it out.

“I tried all the free samples and I liked them,” she said. “I bought some olive oil and I bought some cookies.”

Barbara Gheddari, who makes and sells cold-processed, artisan soaps, oils, lotions, lip balms and other products, typically attends craft shows throughout Ohio and once a week at a Bridgewater Falls market. She said selling her wares at Hamilton’s Market on the Plaza was “a great opportunity.”

“I love being able to meet local customers and it just gives you a basis for the buy local effort,” Gheddari said.

Mark Binas, a Hamilton High School senior in charge of organizing entertainment for the market, played guitar off to the side of the vendor booths.

Binas said future entertainment will include not only area musicians, but also dancers and poetry readings.

“I’m trying to keep it all diverse,” he said. “There will be a little something for everyone.”

Alfred Hall, co-founder of Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, which manages the market, said he envisions adding a Tuesday market to Hamilton’s Thursday and Saturday offerings next year to bolster community involvement and awareness.

“We want to have one in the Fourth Ward or in the Second Ward at Booker T. Washington (Community Center),” Hall said. “We’d like to have a farmers market every other day so people can shop and find out about the neighborhoods in Hamilton.”

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Monsanto faces class action suit over rogue wheat – Portland Business Journal

So far, the appearance of genetically modified wheat hasn’t spread beyond the farm in eastern Oregon where its was initially discovered.

That hasn’t, however, prevented two Northwest farmers from filing a class action lawsuit against Monsanto Co. The St. Louis-based wheat giant has been in damage control mode since the strain of rogue was determined to be the same as a genetically modified seed once market tested by Monsanto.

Monsanto said Wednesday that the strain was likely due to the “accidental or purposeful mixing of seed,” and that the seeds appearance in an eastern Oregon wheat field is an isolated incident.

Read the complaint.

“Monsanto is playing with the economic livelihood of all wheat farmers,” said James Pizzirusoo, a partner with Hausfeld LLP, which filed the class action lawsuit in partnership with Seattle-based Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC. “Their assurances of the contamination in Oregon as being an ‘isolated occurrence’ ring hollow.”

via Monsanto faces class action suit over rogue wheat – Portland Business Journal.

Rebranding? Naw! House Talks on Immigration Reform Near Collapse – ABC News

The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.

via House Talks on Immigration Reform Near Collapse – ABC News.

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Oregon berry producer grows; Costco offers free vaccine |

Costco has announced that it will reimburse the cost of a hepatitis A vaccine in connection with an outbreak linked to Townsend Farms, a Fairview berry producer.

The announcement follows an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said  the outbreak has spread to two more states, Hawaii and Utah. Previously, it was limited to Arizona, California Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

via Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Oregon berry producer grows; Costco offers free vaccine |

House rejects Obama policy on immigrant teens | La Prensa – No rebranding of GOP Racism – San Diego

The GOP-controlled House has voted to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system.

Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status

via House rejects Obama policy on immigrant teens | La Prensa San Diego.

Electronic Village: An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

‘An Ordinary Hero’ is the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a little known Civil Rights worker who did the extraordinary. As a 19 year old college student in 1961, Joan had already participated in nearly three dozen protests and sit-ins when she was arrested for participating in the Freedom Rides. After spending two months at the infamous Parchman Penitentiary on death row she went on to attend Tougaloo College and was one of the first whites to pledge Delta Sigma Theta.

via Electronic Village: An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

Monsanto: Modified Wheat ‘Isolated Occurrence’ – Pants on fire!

Representatives for Monsanto Co. said during a conference call that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence. It has tested the original wheat stock and found it clean, the company said.

Sabotage is a possibility, said Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer.

“We’re considering all options and that’s certainly one of the options,” Fraley said.

via Monsanto: Modified Wheat ‘Isolated Occurrence’.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Revolt

Why do you walk two steps ahead of me?

I am more powerful than you.

Do you know why?

Because I have been suffering for centuries.

I am the patient stone against all your cruelty.

When you shout I say nothing.

When you beat me, I keep silent.

You burn my face, you cut my ears,

You rape me and stone me!

Still I keep quiet. . . .

Do you know why? Because I am strong!

You exercise your physical power over me

Because you have no power of logic.

My calm is not my weakness—

It is the silence of the ocean.

With all my patience I call on you,

I call on you now:

Stop abusing me, stop violating my rights!

Once I revolt,

You will face your real rival.

Be aware of my power. Be afraid of my anger.

By Shafiqa

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Revolt.