about Organic & Sustainable Farming
There are so many benefits of farming organically. Benefits that exceed the space of this website. We farm organically because:
It promotes and enhances biodiversity, natural life cycles and soil biological activity.
It relies on the use of renewable resources and sustainable practices, such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological fertilizers, and natural
herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
Organic farming excludes the use of synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pest controls, hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and
- As former health professionals, we know our diets are an integral part of our health and well-being, and we want to share that with others.
Sustainable farming makes sense to us as the responsible land stewards we want to be. As such, we:
- grow a diverse number of crops, fruit trees, berries and herbs.
rotate our crops and use cover crops to rest the soil and add back bio matter, micronutrients and
practice good space management, water conservation, energy efficiency, humane animal care and farming practices, and
use eco-friendly packaging for our produce and breads.
- use water-filled drums to catch and hold daytime heat to warm the hoop house at night, and we plan to add a rainwater catchment system and holding pond in the near future.
The Cost of Traditional Farming
Farming organically and sustainably may seem costly, but we believe the costs of traditional farming are exorbitant:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides are carcinogenic. (Reference:
- Agricultural runoff has affected the drinking water of over 14 million Americans in the Corn Belt and Chesapeake Bay regions alone.
- A recent survey found that more than 90% of water sources (and more than 50% of wells) contained one or more pesticides. The same was true for more than 90% of fish.
- Reducing synthetic chemical use by supporting organic agriculture will result in higher quality, healthier water supplies and, ultimately, lower organic food costs. (Ref: http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/facts/point6.htm)