Well, in 20 years of farming we have never used pesticides or herbicides. Our soil amendments are typically compost, bone meal, feather meal, blood meal, greensand, etc. etc., note that you do not see anything manufactured by the war machine re-labled as fertilizer applied to our fields. We are very careful about only using what we need and applying it at the right time.
About our seeds?
We cover crop when and where we can. We rotate our crops. We select for disease resistance. We exclude problem creatures where possible. We use a small rototiller. We don't till if we don't have to. We try to eliminate waste where ever possible. Our irrigation is all drip and timers and we have been conserving water before it was required.
They are required to turn their compost every few days. I turn and make compost in the winter.
They are required to weigh their produce and record their harvests. I have more important things to do than fuss over how many tomatoes came in, like getting the tomatoes in.
They are required to document their search for organic seeds. So let's say I'm going to buy some seeds from Johnny's and they have 3 types of squash that are organic and the 4th one is not. I have to hunt all over the kingdom for the 4th squash and pay extra shipping to get it here, rather than ordering all four from Johnny's. It's enough to search for seed, but to write it all down as well, that's why farmer's give up and only plant one thing.
They have to record every time they weed. Now that's just down right silly. I weed while thinking, standing, feeding chickens, and talking. I'd be spending more time writing down what I do than doing it.
|What we are really about|
It's going to be a good year. We are already $35 richer by not paying for organic registration. Although it was hard giving up my number. 0001. Leo and I were the first registered organic farmers in Santa Clara County. But now we can spend more time doing what we really love, farming.
Your stake in all of this
You're a family, you have to chose your food and sometimes there is a difference between the gorgeous stuff at Lunardi's and Whole Food and what I send you. You're a stakeholder in this farm, and if you don't like something, speak up, we are not going to make you eat Brussel Sprouts. But we will do our best to make sure that the food that you get from us is safe, healthy, and fresh. So stick with us, we'll grow together.