Tomorrow: organic strawberry pickstravaganza! Friday, May 7, 2010 9:16 AM

7 May 2010 by Guest Blogger, No Comments »

Good morning, Tractivists!

Strawberry season is a fleeting thing.  For barely four weeks, the little strawberry plants squeeze out plump, happy berries at incredible speeds. And then, before you know it, it’s all over, and all we have to eat are pale, watery berries from California. You think, “Is it over already? I totally forgot!”

Well, not this time, Tractiberries!

WHAT: Traction’s annual Strawberry Pickstravaganza
WHEN: this Sat, May 8th, 11am – 2pm
WHERE: Whitted Bowers Farm

WHO: You. And your kids. And your mom. And your neighbor. And that guy from work who always brings salads to meetings. Invite ‘em all.
PRICE: special Traction group rate of $2.50/lb.
Non-organic strawberries are one of the infamous Dirty Dozen: the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables, according to the Environmental Working Group, even after washing.  EWG testers found that 90% of conventional strawberries had at least one pesticide on them, and 70% had at least two.  All these pesticides aren’t very good foryou, farm workers, or the environment.
Yet picking local organic strawberries is a win-win-win situation (and a finger in the eye of the agricultural-industrial complex):

- You win because your strawberries are cheaper, fresher, tastier, and longer-lasting.
- Farm workers and the environment win because these strawberries were grown without heavy pesticide use.
- Local farmers win because your money goes directly to the farmer instead of through distributors.

Traction is excited to partner again with Rob and Cheri of Whitted Bowers Farm, a certified organic pick-your-own strawberry farm.  (More than organic, they’re also biodynamic.  ”What’s biodynamic?” you ask.  Stick around on Saturday — Rob will explain when he gets back from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market sometime after 1pm.)

So if you’re of a mind to fill a basket with sweet berry goodness before the season ends, drop an e-mail to Please include in your RSVP:
a. How many people you’ll bring (best guess)
b. Whether you’d rather carpool with us or meet at the farm.

Jake will reply to RSVPs with directions to the farm, the meeting point and carpool spots in Durham and Orange Counties; info on how to get the Traction group rate; etc.

Remember also that strawberry season marks the beginning of swimming season. On Memorial Day, Monday 5/31, Tractivists will be swimming, potlucking, and Locopopping together.  Look for more info soon, or write to

I look forward to plundering the berry harvest in your company.

Colin Cannell
Smuggleberry, libertine, Tractivist

P.S. Upcoming…
Sat 5/8: Pick your own organic Strawberries!
Sat 5/15: Civil Rights Walking Tour of Durham:
Mon 5/31: Memorial Day at the Eno:
Plus a conversation group on race and privilege:, a workshop on work / life / community balance, and much more…  And anyone want to go to the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner?  Holla back at

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