So what's the big deal with organic food anyway? Organic products are almost always more expensive than other foods on the grocery store shelf. And it seams like these days everyone is marketing some sort of "natural" or "green" product just because it's trendy. So why pay more for ours or other organic food company's products?
The short answer, is that organic foods are good for your body, and good for the planet.
But here's a little longer answer: Food - in any form - comes from farms. Even if there were many steps between your mouth and the field, all food came from a farm of some kind. This may seem obvious to you - but by the time our food ends up in a box on the grocery store shelf, it can be easy to forget that at some point it was planted, grown, & harvested on a farm.
Our food isn't just "natural," it's organic (see our: "Why organic?" page for more info). And that means the farms that grew our food had to do (or not do) all of the following:
- Don't use synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants.
- Don't use genetic engineering
- Don't use sewage sludge as fertilizer
- Do improve the quality and fertility of the soil
- Do protect water quality
- Do reduce soil erosion
- Do rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control
- Do reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment
- Do produce high quality, great tasting food
So here comes the sales pitch: if you are not currently purchasing organic foods, try it. See what products on your weekly grocery list you can replace with organic ones. If you can't commit to going 100% organic (this is really very difficult these days), will you see where you can start?
We believe that every dollar you spend on purchasing organic food, is actually quite literally an investment in saving the planet. Our home-farm was started over 35 years ago with the thought that this little plot of land can make an impact on the rest of the planet. And we've grown well beyond the boundaries of our 28 acres since then, but we have organic farming partners around the country, and around the world that are putting less chemicals into the soil and water system, improving water quality, and reducing erosion.
So that's the big deal. To us anways. Organic food is better for our bodies - and that's important, but it's about something bigger than that: organic farming helps save the planet, and and works towards a better earth for generations to come.
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