Us- Our Philosophy on farming and growing organic food.
Harmony Farm’s Philosophy
We believe that our activities should be in accordance with nature, and that our agricultural practices should benefit the health and well being of ourselves, our customers, and the land which we farm.
This means that we must value the land not as a commodity to be exploited, but as an asset and our means of sustenance. Our craft and our labor should enrich and enliven the people that are involved with Harmony Farm and as providers of nourishment we should do no harm.
We will not use any chemicals or materials that would potentially harm our consumers, our workers, or the Earth.
We practice Organic methods of farming, utilizing only natural materials from seed starting to harvest, but are not currently certified Organic.
Principles Of An Alternative Approach
This text is the clearest representation of our philosophy that we have found. It is excerpted from the Earth Summit Alternative Non-Governmental Sustainable Agriculture Treaty
11. Sustainable agriculture is a model of social and economic organization based on an equitable and participatory vision of development which recognizes the environment and natural resources as the foundation of economic activity. Agriculture is sustainable when it is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, culturally appropriate and based on a holistic scientific approach.
12. Sustainable agriculture preserves biodiversity, maintains soil fertility and water purity, conserves and improves the chemical, physical and biological qualities of the soil, recycles natural resources and conserves energy. Sustainable agriculture produces diverse forms of high quality foods, fibers and medicines.
13. Sustainable agriculture uses locally available renewable resources, appropriate and affordable technologies and minimizes the use of external and purchased inputs, thereby increasing local independence and self sufficiency and insuring a source of stable income for peasants, family and small farmers and rural communities. This allows more people to stay on the land, strengthens rural communities and integrates humans with their environment.
14. Sustainable agriculture respects the ecological principles of diversity and interdependence and uses the insights of modern science to improve rather than displace the traditional wisdom accumulated over centuries by innumerable farmers around the world.
15. Women play a key role in providing the largest proportion of the world’s food resources, by growing, buying and selling.
16. The root causes of environmental degradation in various regions of the world must be identified and addressed.
17. To construct new and democratic patterns of social organization and sustainable agriculture techniques, it is necessary that proposals and concrete experiences in sustainable agriculture development are both articulated and strengthened for an active and worldwide expression of critical social conscience in order to overcome the social and environmental crisis created by the dominant model of agricultural policies, programs and practices.