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Talking of Suzie’s Farm (see below), if you’re determined to be organic, how do you scare off everything that wants to eat your crops? Especially those pesky rabbits.

Some organic farmers use scarecrows to protect their vegetables. Some use electric fences.

Suzie’s Farm?

Falcons.

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“We have Andrea Ashbaugh, who’s a falconer, come several times a week, and her falcon hunts the rabbits from on high,” says Suzie’s Farm’s Quinn Wilson.

“She gets the rabbits to eat, and the word goes out among the rabbits, and we don’t have to worry so much.”

Plus they pay Andrea in kind with veggies she’s helping save.

Yes, says Quinn it’s sometimes hard to keep the rabbits out. “Like, last year, they really loved our baby tomato plants. But we put little protective boxes around them till they became more mature and less of a delicacy.”

Besides, Quinn says, the attitude at the farm is to share. “The rabbits get some, that’s fine. They have a lot to contend with: Andrea’s falcon, coyotes, hawks, our barn owls. We get most of our crops. They’re welcome to some. There’s enough to go round.”

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M. E. Dec. 28, 2011 @ 2:19 p.m.

“The rabbits get some, that’s fine."

Ha, the ones that don't die by talon, you mean.

"We're organic! We share with the bunnies!...the ones that don't get hawked!"

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Ed Bedford Dec. 29, 2011 @ 4:41 p.m.

Yes, but at least it's not poisoning the plants, or spreading myxomatosis. I mean, we're each being totally cruel every day. Eating plants and animals someone else has killed for us. And don't tell me lettuces like it when we slit their throats any more than rabbits or cows do. Because we're top of the food chain, we get a free ride. But everyone else has to eat and be eaten. I heard about north-west tribes asking a tree or animal's permission before killing it, and explaining they were doing it only to survive. That's as close to morality as I can see on this ironic planet. What do you think?

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