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Do you grow organically?

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Tracy Tom Stephenson
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Monday, 25 May 2009
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Organic to us seems like a tempest in a teapot. Both of us were brought up to believe that unless it was a last-ditch effort to save the ENTIRE crop from disaster, sprays and dusts were best left on the shelf in the store. We try to buy our seed untreated, and we have decided that our backs and our brains will be far more effective at removing weeds and bugs from the garden than sprays and dusts are, without all the nasty side effects like brain damage and death. Unfortunately, due to the inordinate number of commercial potato farmers in the area, applying for organic certification for us is an effort in futility, given the new regulations and requirements for meeting and maintaining said certification. I do contact the local crop dusters each year to inform them that yes, we still are in operation at the same place, and would you kindly refrain from flying over our property, but some of the ground sprayer outfits still travel the road next to which we reside, and they tend to spray the same things (and some worse ones) as the crop dusters do. Fortunately the ground sprayers are usually FAR better maintained than the crop dusters usually are, and don't pose near the threat that a plane does.

In short, it's not feasible for us to obtain organic certification, but that doesn't mean we don't try to grow things as naturally and cleanly as possible. Hoes and rakes are wonderful tools to us, and there's nothing like getting out and weeding a garden for a few hours on a hot day, especially when there's a gallon jug of home-made iced tea in the fridge for when you finish.

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