Jeff and Gina, our Three Sisters farmer, filled us in about organic farming.
Some questions about organic farming for Jeff:
JM: We have been working with a number of organic farms for several years through the Lancaster Farm Fresh CO-OP, as well as Weaver's Way in Germantown.
JM: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways! Best for the health of the land, the waterways, and for those of us living now on earth, and our children and their children to come.
JM: I have not worked in Europe for several years, but I know that Europe started the organic food movement in the 1920's, and Sweden has hosted a "Nordic Organic Chef's Competition" for several years now, so European chefs are already into organic. Europe has it's own stringent standards a grower must meet in order to get a license to sell organic products. In many ways, Europe is more environmentally sensitive than we are here in the US - we have some catching up to do.
JM: Organic is important to me because I have become concerened about the harm that traditional farming is doing to the oceans, to the land, and to our health. The fertilizers that are used in farms can get washed into the oceans where they create algae blooms that are huge dead zones in the ocean. The pesticides used in farming contaminate the aquifers- which is our drinking water. Additionally, organic farming, by avoiding pesticides, helps preserve the health of beneficial insects like honeybees, which we need to pollinate our fruit and vegetables, as well as other wildlife.