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Re: “Unsustainable Eats

Correction noted, and apologies to MS Jones. I stand by my criticism, nonetheless.

Posted by bi11me on 09/24/2010 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Unsustainable Eats

It's unfortunate that Ms. Jones seems to have less knowledge of agriculture than she purports to have of fine dining. The diffrences between the facilities that are available to Primo in Maine and those in Tuscon are vast, not to mention the horticultural resources available in the two states. Maine has a long and highly regarded history of promoting and supporting sustainable agriculture - it has, in fact, been the home of many farmers at the forefront of sustainable and organic agriculture for over twenty years, long before the buzzwords became so popular. Furthermore, the climactic limitations imposed by such diverse locations preclude any valid comparison between agricultural possibilities statewide, let alone on these two very different properties.

Primo Maine has been agressively and diligently expanding and refining its agricultural assets for over ten years - commonly considered the bare minimum amount of time for an organic garden to begin to achieve maximum productivity. It has the distinct advantage of being able to let rotating areas of the garden lie fallow under cover crops in order to improve the tilthe and fertility of its soils without sacrificing productivity. The limitations imposed by the necessity to irrigate in Maine are infinitesimal compared to those in Arizona, and yet irrigation is an integral part of the methodology there. The advantages granted by the incorporation of livestock in the scheme are not possible on the Starr Pass property. That being said, the gardens in Maine are still working towards the goal of true sustainability and self-sufficiency, and in fact may never be able to meet the unrealistic expectations of those being expressed in the above article.

Beyond the properties, Maine has the distinct advantage of offering the resources of its many small farms in close proximity to the Rockland property, and growing conditions are limited more by geological conditions as opposed to climactic ones. It is much easier for a small farmer to control soil than weather, and the efforts in Arizona by itts forward thinking farmers are necessarily limited by the difficulties they face in such an inhospitable climate.

The Marriot corporation is to be applauded for trying to integrate sustainable practices in both its Tuscon and Orlando properties where Primo has operations, but there is no way to legitimately compare those facilities to Primo in Maine, either in terms of space or outside resources. Chef Kellys' efforts to introduce a thoughtful and progresive approach to sustainability deserve a more informed criticism than that afforded by Ms. Jones.

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Posted by bi11me on 09/23/2010 at 10:41 PM

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