Act NOW to protest Genetically Engineered…Super FISH…!!!

Fish with teeth

Below is an article by Dr. Mercola. The FDA is currently considering approving GENETICALLY ENGINEERED (MODIFIED) fish.

Notice my fish has teeth…just wait until these super fish start reproducing with other fish…!!!

There are 2 links in the article to make your wishes known…USE THEM!

Tell the world we do NOT want GE fish or anything else…!!!

Tell the world we WANT labeling so we know what NOT to eat!!!

And lastly…eat certified organic and you shouldn’t have to worry…(“shouldn’t have to worry” because unfortunately nothing is 100% safe…)

Keep pushing for labeling…we have a right to know what is in or on our food…!

Sandie Parrott

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MORE Genetically Modified Organisms…MORE Chemicals…= MORE Dangerous


Since California’s proposition to label GMO food was defeated…(but not by much…consumers are getting smarter) it looks like the large chemical companies are now trying to outdo each other by releasing even worse GMO produce…and pesticides.

Read the article below on and sign up for their email newsletters. Lots of help on how to live, grow, cook and eat organically.

More importantly…BUY and EAT ORGANIC!!!

Do you want all this crap in your food? If you buy organic…the chemical companies LOSE!!!

It is only lately that Monsanto’s RoundUp pesticide has been shown to be very dangerous by INDEPENDENT studies…amazingly it was always considered “safe”…because the only “studies” were sponsored by…you guessed it…Monsanto…!!!

Keep the fight going to label our food. We have a right to know what has been used on our produce (that incidently is an ingredient in MANY other foods…such as corn) or in our meats and poultry.

Did you know that over 85% of corn grown in this country is GMO…and near 90% of soybeans? Corn and soybeans are used in thousands of food and other products!

Now go and eat deliciously and organically…you won’t believe the wonderful flavor!!!

Sandie Parrott

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21 Reasons the English language is so hard to learn!!!


If this isn’t confusing…I don’t know what is! These are all legitimate sentences. If you don’t know why the meanings are different…look them up…

My theory…and yes…I’m passing the blame…is because American English is a combination of so many other languages and cultures.

Have fun and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Hope you enjoyed the crazy sentences…I have a headache…:-)

Happy New Year!!!

Now go and read a nice book!

Sandie Parrott

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Miniatur Wunderland


Hauptstraße in Las Vegas

Check out this miniature world created inside a building for tourists to visit in Germany. The full display world takes 5-15 minutes.

It is located in Northern Germany…Hamburg…and the creators keep expanding the countries it covers. It now includes the United States, Germany, Alps, Scandinavia and they are adding France.

There are 200 places where visitors can touch a button and see a tractor pull…or candy being made.

This is the largest railroad display in the world. And it has jets landing, buses, ships…all types of transportation…

Watch the fire trucks put out a fire…or police apprehend a criminal…amazing real life in the cities…and wonderful nature in the Alps and America.

Be amazed!


Have fun today…find your own miniature world…and enjoy…!!!


Sandie Parrott

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The Living Bridge – made out of fig roots…!

This is an amazing story about using nature to solve a problem…

Imagine that these bridges take more than one lifetime to “grow” and can last 500 years…

Now go out and build something today…

Sandie Parrott

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Genetically Engineered (GE) corn is BAD news for everyone…!

This is taken from an article by Dr. Mercola. Follow him for news on healthy living.
GMO Corn

Story at-a-glance

  • According to results from a 10-year long feeding study on rats, mice, pigs and salmon, genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more
  • Animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines. They also suffered immune system alterations. Impaired ability to digest proteins can have far-reaching implications for your health
  • The USDA has announced its decision to deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified (GM) sugar beets. GM Roundup Ready crops and glyphosate (the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup) have also been linked to serious health problems, particularly relating to fertility and birth defects
  • GM seeds pose an unprecedented threat to food security and national sovereignty

Decade-Long Feeding Study Reveals Significant Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods

August 07 2012  

By Dr. Mercola

Scientists in Norway have released results from experimental feeding studies carried out over a 10-year period, and the verdict is in: If you want to avoid obesity, then avoid eating genetically engineered (GE) corn, corn-based products, and animals that are fed a diet of GE grain.

As reported by Cornucopia.org1, the project also looked at the effects on organ changes, and researchers found significant changes that affected weight gain, eating behaviors, and immune function.

How Genetically Engineered Corn and Soy Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health

According to the featured article2:

“The results show a positive link between GE corn and obesity. Animals fed a GE corn diet got fatter quicker and retained the weight compared to animals fed a non-GE grain diet. The studies were performed on rats, mice, pigs and salmon, achieving the same results.

… Researchers found distinct changes to the intestines of animals fed GMOs compared to those fed non-GMOs. This confirms other studies done by US researchers. Significant changes occurred in the digestive systems of the test animals’ major organs including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.”

Their findings (which were published July 11, 2012 in Norway by, an online news source devoted to Norwegian and international research3) showed that animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn ate more, got fatter, and were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines.

They also suffered immune system alterations. The impaired ability to digest proteins may be of particular concern as this can have far-reaching implications for your health. If your body cannot digest proteins, your body will be less able to produce amino acids, which are necessary building blocks for proper cell growth and function.

As noted by

“This not only may relate to a rise in obesity, but to increases in many modern diseases. These diseases include diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (ADD), autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, COPD and many more.

…[Lead author] Professor Krogdahl explains: “It has often been claimed that the new genes in genetically modified foods can’t do any damage because all genes are broken down beyond recognition in the gut. Our results show the contrary; that genes can be taken up across the intestinal wall, is transferred to the blood and is left in the blood, muscle and liver in large chunks so that they can be easily recognized… The biological impact of this gene transfer is unknown.”

Bt Toxin Found in Blood of Women and Fetuses

This is not the first time scientists have revealed significant biological impacts and related health problems as a result of eating a diet of genetically engineered foods. More often than not, unless the research is tainted by industry ties, studies into the effects of genetically engineered foods demonstrate that it is anything but safe. This isn’t so surprising when you consider that simple logic will tell you it’s probably not wise to consume a plant designed to produce its own pesticide, for example.

So-called “Bt corn” is equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which produces Bt-toxin—a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. This pesticide-producing corn entered the food supply in the late 1990’s, and over the past decade, the horror stories have started piling up.

Monsanto and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore that the toxin would only affect insects munching on the crop. The Bt-toxin, they claimed, would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and would not have any impact on animals and humans. The biotech companies have doggedly insisted that Bt-toxin doesn’t bind or interact with the intestinal walls of mammals, and therefore humans.

The featured research proves all such claims false.

Prior findings have already shown that Bt corn is anything but innocuous to the human system. Just last year, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood4 of:

  • 93 percent of pregnant women tested
  • 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies, and
  • 67 percent of non-pregnant women

Bt-toxin breaks open the stomach of insects. Could it similarly be damaging the integrity of your digestive tract? If Bt-toxins can damage the intestinal walls of newborns and young children, the passage of undigested foods and toxins into the blood from the digestive tract could be devastating to their future health. Scientists speculate that it may lead to autoimmune diseases and food allergies. Furthermore, since the blood-brain barrier is not developed in newborns, toxins may enter the brain causing serious cognitive problems. Some healthcare practitioners and scientists are convinced that this one mechanism for autism.

If Bt genes are colonizing the bacteria living in the digestive tract of North Americans, we might expect to see an increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders since the advent of Bt crops in 1996, and that’s exactly what’s being reported. For example, between 1997 and 2002 the number of hospitalizations related to allergic reactions to food increased by a whopping 265 percent. One out of 17 children now has some form of food allergy and allergy rates are rising.

Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Adverse Immune System Responses

There’s plenty of evidence showing that the Bt-toxin produced in genetically modified Bt crops like corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals andtriggers immune system responses. For example, in government-sponsored research in Italy5, mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses, such as:

  • Elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, which are typically associated with allergies and infections
  • An increase in cytokines, which are associated with allergic and inflammatory responses. The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were found to be elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer
  • Elevated T cells (gamma delta), which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

Rats fed another of Monsanto’s Bt corn varieties called MON 863, also experienced an activation of their immune systems, showing higher numbers of basophils, lymphocytes, and white blood cells6. These can indicate possible allergies, infections, toxins, and various disease states including cancer. There were also signs of liver and kidney toxicity.

USDA Clears Roundup Ready Sugar Beets

So-called “Roundup Ready” crops are another type of genetically engineered crops. While Bt crops contain a gene that produces a pesticide inside the plant itself, Roundup Ready crops are designed to withstand otherwise lethal topical doses of glyphosate—a broad spectrum herbicide, and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup as well as hundreds of other products.

This way, the crop survives while all weeds are theoretically eliminated from the field. I say ‘theoretically’ because the overuse of the herbicide has led to the rapid development of glyphosate-resistant superweeds. It’s estimated that more than 130 types of weeds spanning 40 U.S. states are now herbicide-resistant, and the superweeds are showing no signs of stopping.

Roundup Ready crops have also been linked to serious health problems—particularly relating to fertility and birth defects—as has glyphosate itself, which is why the latest news regarding the deregulation of Roundup Ready sugar beets is all the more disappointing.

A number of organizations challenged the USDA approval of Roundup Ready (RR) sugar beets in 2008, arguing that the beets would contaminate related organic and non-GE crops such as table beets and chard. Further, they said that the pesticide-resistant beets would increase pesticide impacts on the environment and worsen the current epidemic of pesticide-resistant superweeds.

A lawsuit was filed against the USDA in 2009 for failure to complete an Environmental Impact Study. A federal judge agreed, temporarily suspending all planting of RR sugar beets. The suspension was later overridden by the USDA, ostensibly to prevent a sugar shortage. After a number of additional legal twists and turns, the USDA has now announced its decision to deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified sugar beets7. According to a July 19 press release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)8:

“After completing both a thorough environmental impact statement and plant pest risk assessment, holding three public meetings and considering and analyzing thousands of comments regarding its analyses, APHIS has determined that, from the standpoint of plant pest risk, Roundup Ready sugarbeets are as safe as traditionally bred sugarbeets.”

GM Companies Threaten Food Security and Sovereignty

A landmark speech delivered during the 2011 SEMEAR conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on how genetically modified (GM) seed companies threaten food security and food sovereignty has resulted in a call to action by an unlikely source who is a key player in the soy industry. Pierre Patriat, President of APROSMAT, the association of seed producers of Mato Grosso, Brazil, does not oppose genetically engineered (GE) crops, but he does recognize the unprecedented threat to food security that GM seeds pose.

Saying that the GM industry is rapidly taking away Brazilian farmers’ freedom of choice, he asked for “immediate mobilization and action on the part of concerned industry members, government, lawmakers, farmers, and civil society to avert the threat to food sovereignty posed by the GM industry’s control of markets through their patented seeds,” according to a recent report by GM Watch9.

In his speech, which I recommend reading in its entirety to learn more, Patriat wisely says:

“… [T]oday, people think everything can be resolved through the seed. If soybean rust occurs they say, “Just wait, this can be resolved with genetic engineering!” A problem with nematodes? – “We’ll change the seed directly!” They want to solve all problems that way… But as long as we have alternative solutions we don’t need genetic engineering to get rid of all problems.

Today we have a big problem with nematodes for a simple reason, not least because of the lack of a medium-term agricultural policy. There is a solution known to every agronomist: Crop rotation! That is how weeds and pests are weakened. It is so simple! Another way is soil management and measures to correct the soil – fundamental things nobody pays attention to anymore because everything has to be resolved through the seed.

No one does rotation any more – everyone does succession [planting same crop in succession]. These are problems that are not resolved by biotechnology. The man who is going to spend 150-200 Brazilian dollars per hectare would do much better to invest it in the [quality of the] land. The profitability in the medium term will be much better for sure. This does not mean that constant seed improvement will not bring solutions. But we ought to cooperate and define the base for new regulations, so that everyone may collaborate harmoniously without abusing their economic power.

Because today there are no brakes on the abuse of economic power over seed, and even worse, this affects the sovereignty of a country, because it is a matter of food security and food security is national security.”

The issue of food sovereignty is certainly not restricted to Brazil. It’s becoming a serious threat to every nation on this planet as genetically engineered crops spread. These seeds are owned by private companies, and it’s imperative to understand that once a country allows GE crops to monopolize their agricultural sector, it becomes completely beholden to and dependent upon a corporation for the ability to grow food and feed its citizens!

Support California’s Ballot Initiative to Label Genetically Engineered Foods!


In the video above, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks about proposed amendments to the U.S. Senate Farm Bill and Nutrition Programs with regard to genetically engineered foods.

Unfortunately, due to lack of labeling, many Americans are still unfamiliar with what genetically engineered foods are. We now have a great opportunity to change that, and I urge you to participate and to continue supporting the California ballot initiative—which will require labeling of genetically engineered foods and food ingredients, and eliminate the routine industry practice of labeling and marketing such foods as “natural”—in any way you can. The voting takes place in November, so we still have a few more months to go, and we need “all hands on deck,” so to speak, until then.

Remember, since California is the 8th largest economy in the world, a win for the California Initiative would be a huge step forward, and would likely affect ingredients and labeling nation-wide, as large companies are not likely going to label their products as genetically engineered when sold in California, but not when sold in other states. Doing so would be a PR disaster.

But it’s an enormous ongoing battle, as the biotech industry will outspend us by 100 to 1, if not more, for their propaganda. Needless to say, the campaign needs funds, as there are no deep corporate pockets funding this citizen’s initiative. So, please, if you have the ability, I strongly encourage you to make a donation.

Some good news: the California “Yes on 37” Right to Know campaign recently received the endorsement of the California Labor Federation and U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Mark Leno.

“Senator Boxer said… “California consumers have the right to know if their food has been genetically engineered. This basic information should be available for consumers on the label the way it is in nearly 50 other countries around the world.” The Digital Journal reported on July 2710.

State Senator Mark Leno said, ”The people of California want to know what’s in their food. More than half the people in the world live in countries that already require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Californians deserve to have this information too.”

Steve Smith, Communications Director for the California Labor Federation, said, “Working people deserve the right to know what is in the food we are feeding our families. Prop 37 is a commonsense measure that ensures our families are able to make educated choices about the food we purchase. We’re proud to join with millions of Californians in supporting the right to know what’s in our food.”

I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can. Be assured that what happens in California will affect the remainder of the U.S. states, so please support this important state initiative, even if you do not live there!

  • If you live in California and want to get involved, please contact They will go through all volunteer requests to put you into a position that is suitable for you, based on your stated interests and location.
  • No matter where you live, please help spread the word in your personal networks, on Facebook, and Twitter. For help with the messaging, please see’s “Spread the Word!” page.
  • Whether you live in California or not, please donate money to this historic effort, either through the Organic Consumers Fund.
  • Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the California Ballot. It may be the only chance we have to label genetically engineered foods.
  • For timely updates, please join the Organic Consumers Association on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


Please support efforts to label our foods so we can choose NOT to buy GE or GMO food!!!



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How to plant a garden…!

First, you Come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses…



1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul



1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling and whining
4. Squash selfishness



1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another


1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another and pass it forward



1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

And thyme for God…


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View from the Eiffel Tower – OOH La La!


Ah Paris...can't miss the Eiffel Tower...!

If you have never been to the Eiffel Tower…below is a panoramic view from the top! If you HAVE been to the Eiffel Tower…take a minute to remember and listen to the French music…ah France…!

Not only can you climb (oh NO way!) or take an elevator to the observation deck…for this wonderous view…but you can shop in the souvenir (French word) shop…eat at the cafe (another French word) or mail a post card stamped from the Eiffel Tower Post Office! These are all IN the Eiffel Tower!

If you are going…make sure to take your list of addresses!

Another wonderful thing to do is to take a boat tour down the Seine River. I went at night…the lights are lovely, and it is quieter…but you can’t see the wonderful buildings as well. The boats line the Seine and your hotel can also hook you up.

There are also tours that include dinner at the Eiffel Tower and the boat cruise…very nice.

The requisite head phones are used to explain what you are seeing in your own language. For me…too boring. I was out hanging over the railing taking photos! The history I enjoyed were the informational placques mounted on the walk-ways on the tower with the facts about the tower and how it was built.

Interestingly…in the middle of the Seine River (near the Grinelle Bridge on a manmade island) is a small “copy” of the Statue of Liberty!

Remember it is France…nothing is cheap…and lines for the elevators can be long…depending on the time of day, the month and the weather.

And always remember your manners especially shopping! Parisians and the French expect a nice greeting (in French)…Bonjour…and they will then ask what you would like to see. They will spend a great deal of time showing you their shop’s wares…unfolding and refolding linens and lace items…but they may walk away if you ignore them and start touching the merchandise. That is considered rude in France. PLEASE don’t be an ugly American! The French are very nice and friendly if you make a little effort and smile!

Now, go do something French…have a chocolate croissant…watch the movie French Kiss from 1995…OOH…La La!

Sandie Parrott


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Sex and Fun in the Garden!

Hope that title got your attention…!

This is a fabulous up close and personal look at what goes on in the garden.

The title is The Beauty of Pollination.

or try…

Hope this works for you…make sure your speakers are on so you can hear the garden creatures…and the lovely music…

Don’t know about you, but I could watch these wonders all day…

Now, go out and have “fun” in the garden…!

Sandie Parrott


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Farmington Farmer’s Market – 2012 news!


Media Release

Contact: Janet Bloom, Events Planner

Phone: (248) 473-7276  Email:

Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market Preparations Promise a Fantastic 2012 Season

Farmington, MI. (April 13, 2012).  As the 2012 farmers market season quickly approaches, Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market Manager Walt Gajewski and the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) event staff have been hard at work during the winter season preparing for the opening of the market.  Goals for 2012 include increasing sponsor support, data mining the market for more metrics and demographics, and reducing expenses.

 “Community support and encouraging volunteers fueled our successes last season, leading us to rededicate and update the mission of the Market.  By encouraging community outreach with education, information and volunteerism, we’re really becoming a conduit for open exchange and public gathering in a welcoming atmosphere that we will work hard at to always be vibrant, colorful and festive.  Every Saturday is like going to the fireworks, with children’s activities, educational demonstrations, community outreach, great music, awesome chefs, super volunteers and the best produce and artisans.  I can’t wait for opening day,” said Gajewski.

 Similar sentiments are shared by others.  “The Farmers Market has established Farmington as the place to be on Saturdays, seeing old friends and meeting new, showcasing our Downtown and bringing customers into our stores and restaurants.  I’m very proud of our Farmers Market and it has a very bright future”, stated Bob Rock, Farmington DDA Board President.

 Maintaining the momentum and legacy of the market requires months of preparation that is largely based on feedback and lessons learned from previous years.

 “The future success of the Farmers Market will rely on us further discovering the needs and wants of our customers, vendors, and DDA businesses.  We will always keep an open line of communication to listen to those in the community.  We are poised to build on the achievements from the past year and continue to make improvements in what we offer and how we offer it.” stated Janet Bloom, Events Planner at the DDA.  “Moving the market for the first time to a position of profitability was key for us to be able to implement several of the programs, improvements and activities that impacted our customers, our vendors and our Downtown.”

 The 2012 Market Season is kicking off with a full roster of vendors mapped around the new layout introduced just last year.  The new layout proved to be popular with vendors and customers alike because the Market consistently averaged 3,300 people per week.   Last year there were 37 active vendors on the roster and before the 2012 season begins, there are 67!  While it can be a challenge to accommodate a roster this size, it greatly benefits the market goers.  Visitors can expect to see on average 8 vendors a week who were not at market the week before.  Anchored by the farmers, market enthusiasts can count on all of our growers returning for what hopefully is a long growing season.

 Overall the market will be refreshed as 20 new vendors make their debut this year.  Prepared foods are always in demand and expanding the lineup further with greater variety and choices including raw, gluten free and organic is very important to accommodate all of our customers’ need.  Even though the season is booked for the full 29 weeks, the applications keep coming in.  These hopeful vendors all share the same sentiment “Farmington is the place to be.”  A great location with lots of shops and dining choices all within walking distance in a quaint town – truly makes the Farmers Market a weekend destination.

 A new component to be rolled out this year is rotating DDA restaurants at the market for increased exposure. DDA businesses still have a free booth available to pass out information onsite at the Market.  Also underway is the creation of Market Days, to garner more traffic from the market into downtown shops.

“We are researching the logistics and viability of accepting cash alternatives at the market, such as Bridge cards, to remove barriers so area residents gain access to healthy and nutritious food,” explained Bloom.  “Time will be spent to discover logistics and needs in having an end of market day food donation program to local food banks.  Grants will be explored to help propel the market as a premier market in Southeast Michigan.

The Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market will be ready to open on May 5, 9 am – 2 pm, with the theme “Cinco de Mayo”.  Come enjoy the sights and sounds and be an active part in this community gem.


For more information, please visit Become a fan of Downtown Farmington on Facebook HERE and follow Downtown Farmington on Twitter HERE.

Kristin Curle

Events Coordinator, Farmington DDA


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