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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LETHBRIOQE HERALD Tuttday, October 1, 1974 Fall Soil Feed Testing 1 FOR FEED SOIL TESTING CONSULTATION ADVANCED METHODS ADAPTED TO WESTERN CANADIAN NEEDS Objective Agricultural Analysis by AGRI-ANALYSIS 132 N. Mayor Magrath Drive. Lethbridge, Alberta PHONE (403) 328-8131 THE COUNTRY ROAD IS A TWO-WAY STREET Don't think of the Alberta farmer only for what he sells: he's a buyer, too, and a good one, a customer for the goods and services produced and offered by his neighbors in the cities and towns of the province. The whole economy of the province benefits when the farmer's work earns him a fair return. Although he sells world-wide he buys locally. Alberta grain is in good demand. Much of it moves from the farm to market through the facilities of The Alberta Wheat Pool, the farmers' own grain- handling co-operative. AGRICULTURE IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS THE ALBERTA WHEAT POOL Campers need eye on fire What are the safety stan- dards for tents9 All tent fabrics have to pass a flammabihty test under the federal Hazar- dous Products Act, yet this test eliminates only ex- tremely hazardous fabrics To pass the test a five inch strip of the fabric, ex- posed to a flame for one second, must not complete- ly burn up ta three and a half seconds. But what if a live coal from a campfire falls on the tent, and remains more than one second' About 90 per cent of all cotton tents manufactured in the United States have a paraffin wax finish to repel water. Paraffin wax burns readily Most tent fabrics available in Canada likely have a paraffin wax finish, too Nylon tents don't have a flame proof finish. Marine Duck, a preshrunk waterproofed tent fabric, will burn, but may ignite more slowly than most tent fabrics, since the preshnnking process tightens the fabric's weave. Tents with a flameproof finish are available, but they're con- siderably heavier than the average tent, and usually cost more than most casual tenters are prepared to pay There are several products to flame proof tents, available from safe- ty supply companies. However, the finish adds considerable weight to the tent, and, at best, will be effective for only four to six months The safest course for tenting is, follow all recommended fire preven- tion measures. These include: Put open campfires down wind and a safe dis- tance from the tent. Never cook near or in- side a tent; Extinguish all bri- quettes and campfires before retiring at night and before leaving the camp- site, Place tent heaters or lanterns so they can't fall against tent walls, if ac- cidentally knocked over; If a fire starts, get out of the tent immediately. Tents can be completely destroyed in two and a half minutes, but the fire can be lethal in only one minute Old friends meet at farmers' market Until just generations agos, there wasn't much choice when it came to grocery shopping When it was time to stock up the larder, you would take basket in hand and head for the village marketplace. There you'd find cackling hens, still-warm egp, an assortment of vegetables, and meats, either on the hoof or butchered You'd also find a chance for neighborly conversation with old friends. Nowadays, we dnve to the nearest supermarket, to choose our victuals fresh, frozen, or even pre- prepared The advantages are greater convenience, good sanitation, and the availability of many foods all year round. But possibly something's been lost in transition, from village market square to ultra-modern supermarket Your chance to regain that lost "something" is increasing week by week, as towns throughout Alberta introduce an old concept in a new way, fanners' markets Farmers' markets can offer the best of both systems to the food shopper They're modern and clean, with up-to-date refrigeration systems. Their specifications are governed by health laws, in fact Thev offer a wide range of 'products, but if you look over your shoulder, you may spot the field they were grown in1 At farmers' markets, you'll find quality Alberta foods, fresh from the land And you'll also find friend- ly stall-keepers probably old friends, in a smaller centre and good advice on how to prepare and store the foods you select. Most markets are open all day Saturdays, and some are open during the "week, too Insects on menu? OTTAWA (CP) A Toronto zoology professor says that if current popula- tion trends continue for another 25 years we'll probably be eating insects to stay alive, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) reports "Insects would iiave to be disguised in some William Friend, a specialist in insect nulnUon, told a writer of the CWF publication Wddlife Report "The problem is that food is an emotional sub- ject ;