GIVING ORGANIC A CHANCE
What we do every day isn’t any different than what our great-great-grandparents did: grow a healthy crop to feed our family and yours. But how we do it
has changed dramatically. That’s because we are always using the best tools and information we have to improve the crops we grow and lessen the impact that we have on the environment.
that’s using an organic farming system. For others, it might be conventional.
For our farm, at this moment in time, it’s both.
Here are a few ways organically grown fields are different from conventionally grown fields:
- The crops in these fields are non-GMO.
- Only naturally derived pesticides can be applied to help control bugs, disease and weeds.
- These crops require more labor, tillage (turning over the soil) and different types of fertilizer – making them more expensive
to grow. However …
- Farmers receive a premium for these crops to make up for the higher cost of growing them.
Today’s farming tools, like genetically engineered seeds, synthetic pesticides, cover crops that are planted to protect the land and alternate soil
cultivation methods have allowed us to take really good care of the soil in our conventional fields. Organic farming puts restrictions
on some of these tools, so this type of system doesn’t innately mean we are taking better care of the environment.
Our crops are only as good as the foundation upon which they grow, so we monitor the soil health in all of our fields to make sure
that what we are doing is environmentally sustainable.
At the end of the day, it’s about making the best choice for our farm and our land.