Volume 1 | Number 4 | June 27th, 2013
HARMONY Farm at Owl Creek Farm
Harmony FarmÂ’s produce is grown organically, but donÂ’t tell the government I said so. Organic farming practices have been around since the beginning of civilization, and have been at the forefront of agricultural thought and practice since the early 20th century. Â“OrganicÂ” as it is known by the US government was first codified in 1990, and the latest standards for certification were developed in 2001.
USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) definition, April 1995
Â“Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony….The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.Â”
Since the original USDA definition, the landscape of Organic farming and how it relates to local and sustainable practices has changed.
As most of us would agree, the US government struggles to get much of anything done, let alone do it right. The above definition is well intentioned, and I believe that we can all agree that those are sound values to live by and to strive towards. The problem with Â“OrganicÂ” is that it doesnÂ’t mean your food is necessarily any healthier or safer than conventional food. The current standards have been developed to stretch the original definition as far as possible to benefit corporations and industrial agriculture
and get enough politicians in those government offices to agree in order for the standards to be acceptable.
I believe that we should ask more than to have a label on our food. In fact I believe that the label makes it harder to see the truth about what we are eating. This is one of the greatest reasons why LOCAL food is so important.
When we buy local, we not only have the chance to support our local economy, keep money close to home, invest in an enterprise that increases our local quality of life, but we also have the opportunity to engage with the people that produce our food. We can ask them questions, which are too important and potentially complicated to put on any sticker. We also have the privilege of establishing a sense of trust in our food and the people who produce it, something that I believe is essential to empowering us to make responsible food choices and to engage in our diets in a way that is both healthful and satisfying.
On that note here are a few facts about Harmony FarmÂ’s agricultural practices.
Harmony Farm practices organic methods of farming. No synthetic chemicals are used in the production of your vegetables. No genetically modified crops will ever be grown by Harmony Farm. All fertilizers are from natural sources.
Harmony FarmÂ’s soil is loaded with micronutrients, which means that your veggies are also loaded with micronutrients (itÂ’s like eating multivitamins at every meal).
All insecticides and pesticides used are derived from naturally occurring sources, are naturally broken down (mostly by sunlight), and are safe for people. Even organically approved pesticides will be used as little as possible, as I believe that balance and a healthy farm cannot be achieved through the use of these substances.
I believe that health comes from the ground up, from building healthy soil, and that in focusing on this as a means to healthful food, it will benefit the plant and also those who eat the plants.
Enjoy the veggies! Farmer Sky
Broccoli! – Th e last of spring. Enjoy! Lacinato Kale – Lovely pan fried, cut into thin ribbons
Mustard Greens- Great sauteed, chopped into a salad, or raw as a refreshing snack.
Turnips- Great addition to soups, to salad, or roasted.
Salad Mix- Enjoy!
Green Onions – Excellent addition to almost any dish.
Cilantro – Zesty herb popular in Mexican, Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean cuisine. `
? ? ?