Facts and Questions

1. I am curious to know if you use any GMO seed and use pesticides, herbicides, etc? 

We practice organic agriculture, which means we never use genetically modified organisms, or synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers in raising our crops. We do use organic sprays and soil amendments.  Organic farming is based on building up the soil, by adding manures, compost, rock powders, organic matter, and mulch, while rotating crops, growing cover crops, and looking for ways to partner with creation in our efforts to grow our crops.  Organic pesticides are only used after other approaches, including beneficial insects, cultural practices, and physical barriers have failed.

2. Is the fruit share grown using organic practices? quarts_of_strawberries

Our fruit share is usually not from our farm, and is usually conventionally raised, meaning is has been sprayed, as organic fruit is not generally available to us locally. We always give preference to sustainably raised fruit, but it is not usually available.

3. What if you have to purchase supplemental produce from another grower, how is that handled?

We sometimes purchase produce from other growers to supplement our own produce.  For example, we don’t have the acreage to grow Sweet Corn, so we purchase it from other local farmers.  When we do this we will always explain how and where it was raised.  Sometimes that means that this produce will be conventionally grown, with chemical fertilizers and/or pesticides but we have learned that our members prefer this to the alternative of not receiving produce due to crop failure,  we work hard to maintain open lines of communication about this.

Soil Blocking

Soil Blocking

5. What is sustainable agriculture?

Sustainable agriculture is defined as maintaining the present without compromising the future. It got its real definition from Congress in the 1990 Farm Bill. It was then identified as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having site-specific application that will, over the long term,

  • satisfy human food and fiber needs,
  • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture depends,
  • make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls,
  • sustain the economic feasibility of farm operations, and
  • enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
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    6. Do you use Heirloom seeds?

    We do not grow very many heirlooms, as our experience with them is that they have lower yields, of less marketable vegetables.  We do grow many open pollinated varieties, plus many hybrid varieties, all produced through traditional seed saving techniques, with no genetic modification.

    2 Responses to Facts and Questions

    1. Chrystal says:

      I have heard about your Chinese high tunnel and was hoping for some pictures. Eventually I and a few friends would like to come to your farm and tour it “live”. How many folks does it take to make a tour worthwhile?
      Thank you.
      Chrystal

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