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Know Your Farmer - Organic Standards

“Organic standards have made significant improvements by reducing the volume of chemicals used in farming systems, which has significantly improved the impact of farming on the environment and improved the working conditions of the many employees who are exposed on a daily basis to a farm’s practices (let us not forget the trace elements of materials those employees are no longer bringing home to their young families)

However, the current organic standards do not guarantee a level of sustainability, biodiversity or food justice. Organic standards across the board do not require consistent pay or working conditions, nor does organic certification eliminate the reality that dishonest farmers and/or middlemen exist and are financially rewarded for cheating.

The certified organic seal has its benefits, but it does not certify that the food you are eating was grown with methods you expect. The only way for you to do this is to know your farmer and trust the level of transparency they are providing you. Think beyond organic.” Quote from

Beyond Organic

We cannot legally say that our produce or microgreens are organic. The only thing that we can promise to our customers is that we do not spray our crops with any pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. We care about the environment which includes the bio-diversity present in our soil. Things like earthworms and fungus must be protected so adding a chemical fertilizer to the soil would only give a short burst of growth to the plants. Those chemical fertilizers do not enhance the soil or bring additional soil life to the party.

Although the soil we use for our microgreens is not truly an organic product (we use the Pro-Mix BX (see graphic) peat, perlite, limestone and vermiculite mix), we do not add any chemical fertilizers to it in order to promote growth of our microgreens. The energy that the microgreens need comes from the seed (which are organically grown and sourced from a trusted seed supplier (True Leaf Market)). By the time the microgreen needs supplemental fertilizer it has been harvested and is probably been consumed already.

We are always willing to discuss our farm and our farming practices with our customers. Please contact us at one of the farmers markets that we attend weekly or contact us on Facebook if you have questions.

Genesis 2:15 – Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

#organic #farmer #microgreens #earthworms #soil

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