The word organic has become a bit of a hot topic as of late, has it not? Yet many people still have preconceived notions as to what it means. You often hear, “It’s too expensive”, “It’s hard to find”, or “That’s just for pretentious people.” Not that long ago, I was in the same boat. Being a product of the 70’s and 80s, it never occurred to me that there were other options besides what you could throw into the microwave and have ready to eat in the blink of an eye. However, a few years ago the blinds were lifted and I was enlightened on the benefits of providing my family and myself with foods organically grown. My support for organics has grown more steadfast with each article read on the dangers of conventional, genetically modified and processed foods.
Even though the organic sections of supermarkets are expanding, food still travels between 1500-2500 miles to reach your plate. That is a massive amount of petroleum. Not to mention the frequent news articles of certified organic produce being tainted with prohibited chemicals. This led me to the internet in an attempt to find local sources for as many of our pantry staples as possible.
This is how I made the acquaintance of Thomas and Robert. Initially, my plans were to join their CSA program and maybe catch up with them now and then at one of the farmers markets. But I really wanted to help support this spectrum of agriculture with everything I have to offer.
The opportunity to join such an operation has really been exciting and fascinating. One of the first tasks given to me was to start tomatoes and peppers from seeds. I cared for them carefully for six weeks, and when transplant day finally came, I was thrilled to watch as those happy little seedlings were set out into the garden!
Growing crops organically isn't as easy as I initially thought. Since the chemical middle-man is eliminated, the unwanted pests must be removed manually. Hours spent picking a wide variety of weeds and harmful beetles and grubs is a tedious and daunting undertaking, but this in itself is very satisfying. A lot of sweat and a little back ache are the real secret to a great harvest!
It is so fulfilling to know that the work put into a project will soon benefit others in being able to eat better. In the span of just a few short weeks, tens of thousands of gorgeous plants have been put in the ground. So take my word that there are lots of goodies growing fast and will be ready for your bellies before you know it!