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Meet the Farmers ...
Chris Kaplan-Walbrecht grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York.
He spent ten years in the world of clean water advocacy, working with
citizens campaign for the environment.
Forest was born on June 19, 2005. He helps catch chickens and give farm tours.
Shira was born on June 8, 2007. She wishes that all the animals could have "little dots on them and be green".
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Buy Organic Produce?
As environmental advocates, we try to walk our talk and create the changes we want to see in the world through our choices on a daily basis.
We are different from many typical farms, which are based on the practice of monocropping - growing many acres of just one crop. Single-crop farms often rely on large amounts of chemical pesticides and herbicides, which have been shown to increase the risk of cancer and to cause other chronic health problems. You’ll also notice the difference when you taste organic! Our produce has deliciously intense, sweeter flavors than conventionally grown produce.
Use of the term “organic” is now defined and regulated
by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The fact that we are “Certified
Organic” tells you that we have gone through a very rigorous certifying
process conducted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association and USDA.
We have proven that we use no synthetic herbicides, fertilizers, or
pesticides, that we use cover crops to enrich the soil, and are good
stewards of our environment.
When you purchase an organic product you are paying to protect your
own water, air, and soil. You are paying the real environmental and
human cost of producing food in this country, not an artificially low
price that doesn't include the future costs of health bills and environmental
degradation from the toxic chemicals that are used.
Much of the USA's large-scale agricultural production is sold artificially
cheap because of huge government subsidies - your tax dollars going
into the pockets of giant agribusinesses, not farmers. Unlike on small
farms, agribusiness is highly mechanized and consumes vast quantities
of fossil fuels. These farms are putting toxic chemicals into your air,
your water, and your soil so that they can produce cheap food now, but
we all pay the price later on.
More and more studies show that not only does organic produce taste better, it is actually better for you. Why? Not just because it doesn't have residues of toxic pesticides and herbicides, although that's a good start.
Organic farmers don't use petroleum-based fertilizers that act like "plant cocaine", making vegetables grow unnaturally fast and large. Organic vegetables grow more slowly so they take up larger quantities of minerals and nutrients from the soil.
Americans spend barely 10% of their annual income on food, while Europeans spend on average 25%-30%. We are one of the most obese nations in the world. Do you see the correlation? If good healthy food isn't worth your money, what is?
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