Why eat organic?

What does “organic agriculture” mean?

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All life is organic and we are all living organisms. In organic agriculture, we practice farming techniques that respect and encourage life, including the microbes in the soil. We do not use manufactured chemicals for pesticides or herbicides because they will damage the living soil. Only composts and cover cropping are used to enrich soil fertility. Nourish the soil as nature intended, and it will nourish the plant. Ultimately, the plant will nourish you!

Our great-grandparents and grandparents expected a tomato to taste like a tomato, and a potato to have a distinct rich flavor that didn't require butter, sour cream or chives. In the past 50 years, conventional agriculture has changed to high chemical use and vegetables have become less nutritious and less flavorful. They are harvested before they are ripe and shipped long distances. They never develop the wonderful flavors nor the high nutritional content that occur naturally in organic, locally-produced fresh vegetables.

Why support organic agriculture?

  • For healthy soil

Soil is not just a medium to hold plants upright! Nor is it a random collection of minerals and chemicals. A healthy soil that supports healthy vegetation is actually a complex biological community that interacts with the plants, contributing to growth, preventing disease, and holding moisture. Living soils provide plants with a broad spectrum of micronutrients and trace minerals, and soil and plant together protect against erosion.
  • For healthy water Water quality is degraded by pesticides and herbicides. 38 states in the U.S. have contaminated groundwater due to runn-off from conventional agriculture, polluting drinking water for more than half the U.S. population. By farming organically, we not only prevent the dispersal of these dangerous chemicals into groundwater, but we also protect rivers, lakes, and the species that inhabit them.
  • For healthy air Pesticide particles travel on the wind for many miles. Applying pesticides via aerial spraying is injurious to the health of farm workers and those who live near conventional farms. Burning crop residues instead of plowing them under or composting them causes further air pollution. We use only certified organic soap-based pest controls, carefully applied so as not to affect anything else but the crop.
  • For healthy food 60% of all herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides are considered carcinogenic by the Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. government. Organic agriculture produces a wide variety crops without these harmful chemicals, irradiation, or biotechnology.
  • To promote diversity Conventional agriculture is based on the practice of monocropping large tracts of land. Using the same soil to support the same crop year after year removes natural minerals and nutrients. Chemical fertilizers are used in increasing amounts to replace the natural nutrients. In organic agriculture, a wide variety of plants are rotated to prevent disease, nutrient depletion, and pest infestations. Cover crops are planted during fallow times to prevent erosion and increase soil fertility. Many organic farmers propagate heritage and other unusual varieties for even greater diversity.
  • To protect family farms The past decade has seen the loss of over 650,000 small farms throughout our nation. Most organic farms, however, are under 100 acres, and operated by a family, or cooperatively by several families. Growing organic produce and herbs is a niche that small family farms can fill successfully, and sustainable organic farms revitalize communities, leaving a legacy of healthy farms for future generations.
  • To promote recycling Composting recycles plant and animal wastes back into the soil, converting what would otherwise clog our landfills into natural fertilizer. Cover cropping in the off season recycles nutrients back into productive soil and prevents erosion during the rainy months.

To promote your own health and that of your family!

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