Important News about Garlic Farming
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Dear Fellow Growers, Patrons, and Friends of Local Small-Scale Agriculture:
As most of you know we have grown and sold garlic in Northern New Mexico for many years, which gives us legal standing to file a Request for Administrative Review with the US Department of Commerce. The object of this Review is to question the zero anti-dumping duty rate assigned to Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Company, the largest importer of fresh garlic from China. Harmoni Spice has paid no anti-dumping duty (which can be as high as $4.71 a kilo) on garlic for the past ten years by means of manipulating a loophole in Commerce regulations. The very low prices of their principal American distributor, Christopher Ranch of Gilroy, enable them to undercut all US producers, large and small.
The response of Harmoni has been a flood of legal filings (some 2000 pages and counting) against us and the trade attorney who is representing us, Ted Hume of Taos, charging extortion, racketeering, forgery, and a host of other unfounded allegations. According to attorney Hume this is unprecedented in his forty years' experience with international trade law. The issue may well become a national landmark case. There is of course something unseemly about a near-monopoly garlic importer and its high profile NY law firm harassing and attempting to intimidate two small New Mexican garlic growers into withdrawing their Request for Administrative Review with the Department of Commerce. Their efforts are infringing on our constitutional right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
In order to counter this massive onslaught of legal rhetoric, we ask you to write to the Secretary of Commerce in support of our Request for Administrative Review of garlic imported from China. That basically is all you need to say: no need to go into the technicalities of the issue, but see the attached article from the Los Angeles Business Journal if you wish to learn more. Also please send copies to your Congressional delegation. The address is:
Hon. Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Commerce
Enforcement and Compliance
U.S. Department of Commerc
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D. C. 20230
For residents of NM, the Congressional Delegation email addresses are:
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You have reached the digital home of Stanley Crawford, aka Stan. I have lived in Dixon, NM since 1969 with my Australian wife RoseMary, where we built our own adobe house. Our son Adam/Atom was born in Ireland, and Kate/Katya down the road in Embudo. We have farmed since the early 1970s, specializing in garlic and selling at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market in the Railyard on Saturdays from late spring until November or December, and on Tuesdays during the peak growing season. During the growing season the FARM is open to the public 3:00-5:00 for Farm Friday when produce is available for purchase before we pack the truck for market; email above for directions to the farm. In 2007 we added on to my first writing studio and converted it into THE TOWER GUEST HOUSE. I arrived in New Mexico as a NOVELIST and currently have seven novels in print and three works of nonfiction about living in Northern New Mexico. Two more novels will be published in 2016.
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