Beyond Organic Vegetables
We strive to practice regenerative agriculture. If we can constantly improve the productive capacity and resiliency of our farmlands by restoring biological balance, then the foods we produce will have superior nutrition and be more resistant (some say invisible) to pests and diseases. Imagine what would happen if the amount of pesticides used in the world were cut in half. What impact would that have on the health of farmers, consumers, and our frinds the bees? What if they could be reduced by 90% or more?
In order to restore, you must contribute more to a system than you take. We do this by adding certified organic compost and soil amendments, growing cover crops, and not tilling our soil whenever possible. Avoiding excessive tilling keeps our soil dwelling friends, such as the worms, happy so that they can continue doing their jobs, keeping our soil structure together and unlocking nutrients for the plants. It's a beautiful and delicate dance!
So why beyond organic? Certified organic does not mean restorative nor does it mean nutritionally dense. In its simplest form, it just means no unapproved supplies were used in the production of the crop. There are plenty of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are acceptable under organic production standards that are not necessarily safe for people, animals, or the soil life. That's why we don't use any at all and that's why we call our veggies "beyond organic".
In all likelihood, we will never pursue organic certification. It can be useful label for farmers and consumers who never meet, but we prefer to know our customers, have them out to the farm, and save all involved the cost and the hassle of certification.
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