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.
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.
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.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,
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.