Why Organic

Revised: January 28, 2018.

We are organic growers for many reasons. These are best described by the concerns that we, as organic growers, have for the following:

  1.    The widespread use of various pesticides and herbicides
  2.    Food safety and quality
  3.    Soil conservation and enhancement
  4.    Climate change
  5.    Nutrient leaching
  6.    Biodiversity and species decline and loss

These concerns are to be found in the four principles of organic agriculture developed by IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements.

  1. The principle of Health – Organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plants , animals and humans as being one and  indivisible.
  2. The principle of Ecology – Organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, should work with them, and should emulate and sustain them.
  3. The principal of Fairness – Organic agriculture should build relationships that ensure fairness to our common environment and to life opportunities.
  4. The principal of Care – Organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the well being of current and future generations of all people and of the natural function of the environment.

To see the precise IFOAM principles described see their website http://www.ifoam.org/aboutifoam/principles  It may take a bit of careful looking on this site even though it might say that the page cannot be found. These principles encapsulate the practical methods we use in our organic farming; methods such as:

  1. Crop rotation
  2. Green manures  and compost
  3. Biological pest control
  4. Mechanical cultivation
  5. Crop diversity
  6. Mulching
  7. Minimal use or elimination of fossil fuels

For information on organics and organic farming there are many references on the internet. See Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/organicfarming  for a useful discussion.

2 Responses to Why Organic

  1. Julie Mallen says:

    My husband and I are recently concerned about organic foods. What products can we purchase from you?

    • devonacres says:

      Hi Julie; Right now, nothing, but in a while, towards maybe mid- June, we will have quite a few veggies. Keep reading the weekly blog (posted Monday mornings) where we will put up a notice each week in the season, listing what we expect to have for that week. We grow a wide variety of veggies and though our CSA is the main recipient of the veggies and takes precedent, we will have extras of most if not all the veggies for sale at our little on farm stand.

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