I would love to use straw
, or even hay in some applications in my garden
. But I can't find organic straw or hay in my area, so I worry about what I can get. Most of the places that sell
it, including the co-op I work for, don't have a clue what chemicals were used in the growing process. I also try to tell customers who I know are going to use it for growing food to be careful. Today I was doing just that, and of course
the customer was concerned. The man behind her told her not to worry. The straw/hay sold in California is safe to use to grow food. She was happy bought the hay. The man told me it's his business. I so wish I could remember the exact words he used, but I just can't. At the end of the conversation I didn't feel like he said there wasn't a broadleaf herbicide used, but what is used has no residual effects 80 days after the farmers spray.
I work for a Co-op, I only have a short time with the customer, and I must be careful what and how I say things. Anyway I'm not sure if the man was a farmer, or works for big AG? I don't pretend to know everything, far from it. I didn't appreciate the jist of his conversation with the other customer, which was there there little lady you'll be fine the dumb cashier doesn't know what she's talking about. I can deal with the attitude.
I do like the learn, and share accurate information, and I trust the intelligent and amazing people
of permies, more than an unknown farmer/ Big AG guy. So is it a real concern, or useless worries? Is there truly 0 residual chemicals after 80 days?