What is Organic Farming?

What is Organic Farming?

The USDA defines organic agriculture as a “system that’s managed to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices.” Those practices foster the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. In other words, organic agriculture works “with” nature instead of against it.

The organic farmer will seek to foster biodiversity within the production system. They’ll use rotational grazing and engage the use of cover crops. They’ll also emphasize conservation around water sources and protect watersheds. The use of pesticides, herbicides, or genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s) in seeds are prohibited.

The rules governing organic agriculture, overseen by the USDA, try to limit the visits by Big Ag. But, it helps if the customer has a working understanding of how we produce food here in the United States.

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The Beauty of Organic Dairy Farming

The milk that’s in our products comes from small certified organic Amish and Mennonite farms. These farmers live the ‘spirit’ of what organic farming should be. They manage the land with nature and not extracting every last dime of the ecology. They also produce a working system that enables the farmer to live on the farm and raise his/her family.

The Balancing Act

What organic farming is and what it should be can be difficult. Price swings can vary at times, as well as adverse weather. Organic farming–when done properly–can mitigate outside influences. Create a system that can withstand both climatic and economic shocks.

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