What is organic farming?
Organic farming is an agricultural system used to produce food relying primarily on biological diversity and crop rotation. This helps manage pests and maintain soil fertility without the use of harsh chemicals and pesticides.
What does certified organic mean?
Any food product sold as “organic” must meet the national standards for food safety required by the United States Department of Agriculture. An annual inspection by the state’s Department of Agriculture reviews the farm’s plan, fields & processing facility. This ensures that the management practices in place restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
How does Koinonia Farm fertilize its crops?
Cover crops such as winter wheat, red clover, hairy vetch or rye are plowed under with composted leaves with the goal of producing healthy soil yielding hearty plants. It is a common misconception that organic crops are more susceptible to E. coli bacteria. To ensure that all of our crops are E. coli free, we do not use any raw manure for fertilization.
How do farmers manage insects?
Although the USDA does allow the use of approved organic pesticides, Koinonia Farm relies on other alternatives. This includes using traps, barriers and garlic spray. Also, bio-remediation techniques, such as introducing beneficial insects and traps, help to control parasites as well.
How do farmers manage weeds & disease?
The cost of organic food is often higher because farmers substitute labor (mechanical tillage & hand weeding) for agricultural chemicals. The use of ground cover also disrupts the habitat for weeds and insects.
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By supporting organic farming, you can develop a nutritious lifestyle for you and your family, while contributing to a healthy community and planet.