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I commented on a blog post by Amega Farms "Seeing Red Over Blue Tomatoes" but decided to make my own blog post to get these thoughts out there to go along with the album I just created. My comments will clarify the photo of the terms and restrictions label:

I recently directed a community collaborative environmental art installation as one of the grand opening events for the new botanical center in Springfield. It is entitled "River of Life-Bread of Life" and is made up of recycled classroom papers from several of the local elementary schools. Into this recycled pulp I embedded non-GMO winter wheat seed. It took Darrel Sparkman of Springfield Seed/Hummert's a bit of research to even find a non-GMO winter wheat - and it is practically a one-of-a-kind. You can Google for yourself and see that you can find organic, but non-GMO goes beyond organic - and it just ain't out there... And that's scary... The title of my environmental art installation was chosen carefully and has several meanings - but the bread of life that we consume on a daily basis has been seriously compromised. I commend Darrel for persevering and finding me the seed I insisted upon having in order to give a pure message to my environmental art. The fact that it is produced right here in Missouri gives me hope for the future and that Missouri will continue to lead the way and raise up a standard!!! I am posting a picture from the sack that this seed came in - a REQUIREMENT by the PRODUCER of the PURCHASER that this seed in no way be compromised - in other words, don't mess around with our food chain - and particularly not with our BREAD OF LIFE! Mimi

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Comment by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on October 24, 2010 at 8:22am
Galen, that is exciting news that we actually might be growing non-GMO hard red winter wheat locally!!! I will be first in line to buy the fresh, non-GMO, stone-ground, high-protein, whole wheat flour produced for consumption right here in the Ozarks! Bakers in the area, get ready - it's coming to a field near you! :-)) Mimi P.S. Check out the label in the album "River of Life-Bread of Life" - it tells it all...
Comment by Galen Chadwick on October 24, 2010 at 12:08am
This is so timely- Thanks for the tip, Mimi (!!!)
I'll contact Darell right away; am keen to learn more about this non-GMO seed source (for high protein red wheat). Also, I seek contacts for anyone who would consider planting winter wheat this fall, late as it is. There are 14 mowed acres here in Springfield that have been generously offerred for a trial wheat planting, and several bakers are interested.
Demand for local non GMO whole wheat flour is already huge, and growing. There are business opportunities here worth checking out.
If there are any skilled flour millers out there who might be reading this,
please contact me right away- best regards, Galen
Comment by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on October 21, 2010 at 9:09am
Kingrazer - and I am not sure. Contact Darrel Sparkman at Hummert's/Springfield Seed. He is also WFNA member.
Comment by peter hartman on October 21, 2010 at 8:55am
What is the name of the wheat and can he get more?

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