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Organic farming is another agricultural system that originated early in the 20th century in response to quickly changing farming techniques. Organic farming has been developed by several organic farming associations now. It depends on fertilizers of natural source like compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and puts emphasis on techniques like crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest management, mixed cropping as well as the boosting of insect predators are all encouraged. Generally, organic standards are made to permit the utilization of naturally occurring compounds while banning or limiting synthetic materials. For example, naturally occurring pesticides like pyrethrin and rotenone are allowed, while artificial pesticides and fertilizers are usually prohibited. Synthetic substances which are permitted include, as an instance, aluminum sulfate, elemental sulfur and Ivermectin. Reasons for advocation of organic farming include benefits in sustainability, openness, self-sufficiency, autonomy/independence, wellness, food safety, and food security.

Reduced Exposure to Pesticides, Chemicals.
The Organic Trade Association notes if each farmer from the U.S. converted to organic production, we can remove 500 million pounds of harmful and persistent pesticides from going into the environment yearly. Pesticide and chemical usage contributes to several negative environmental dilemmas: 1.Pesticides permit disease immunity to accumulate in crops, weeds, plant-eating-insects, parasites, and bacteria. 2.Compounds and chemicals sprayed plants contaminate the soil, water source, and atmosphere. Occasionally these dangerous pesticides stay about for decades (possibly longer). 3.Artificial compounds also dissuade smart farming techniques like cover crops and crop rotation, which in turn, can cause other dangerous environmental issues like erosion.
Organic Farming Builds Healthy Soil.
To develop wholesome food, you have to begin with healthy soil. Should you treat the dirt with dangerous pesticides and chemicals, you might wind up with dirt which can't flourish by itself. Natural farming practices are much superior than compound soil administration. A sizable nine-year research by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), reveals that natural farming builds up organic soil issue better than traditional no-till farming. Based on Dr. Elaine Ingham, only 1 teaspoon of compost-rich organic dirt could host as many as 600 million to 1 billion beneficial germs from 15,000 species. Ingham notes on the reverse side, 1 teaspoon of soil treated with compounds may carry as much as 100 beneficial bacteria.
Combatting Erosion
Does organic farming build wholesome soil, but it also helps fight severe land and soil problems, like erosion. A significant research comparing adjacent natural and chemically treated wheat fields revealed that the organic area featured eight inches of topsoil compared to treated area and had only twenty the erosion reduction. In case you are not worried about erosion: you ought to be. Erosion problems are really severe, affecting the property, food distribution, and people. But, organic farming techniques do help discourage erosion from happening.
Assessing the Effects of Global Warming
Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial is America's longest running, side-by-side contrast of traditional and organic farming. The trial, running since 1981, has demonstrated a wholesome organic agriculture system may actually reduce carbon dioxide and also help slow climate change. Actually, the Rodale study shows that: "If just 10,000 moderate sized farms in the U.S. converted into organic production, they'd save as much carbon from the soil it would be equal to carrying 1,174,400 automobiles off the street, or reducing automobile miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Organic Farming Supports Water Conservation and Water Health
Dwindling water supplies and inadequate water wellbeing are extremely real threats. When our water source is in danger, individuals and the world wind up suffering. American Rivers notes a significant water pollution threat to U.S ponds is runoff from non-organic farms, for example damaging pesticides, toxic fertilizers, and animal waste. Organic farming helps to keep our water supplies fresh by quitting that contaminated runoff. Organic farming also will help conserve water. Organic farmers, generally speaking, often devote some time amending soil properly and using mulch - both of which help preserve water. Cotton, an in-demand harvest, requires a great deal of irrigation and surplus water once grown conventionally. But, organic cotton farming requires less irrigation and so conserves water.
Discouraging Algal Blooms
Algal blooms (HABs) lead to adverse consequences on the health of individuals and marine creatures and organisms. Algal blooms also negatively impact tourism, diversion and so, regional and local markets. While there's more than 1 reason for algal blooms, a main human-based source of algae blooms is runoff in the petroleum-based fertilizers frequently utilized in traditional farming.
Supporting Animal Health and Welfare
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​
Organic Farming Encourages Biodiversity
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​

Farmer Spotlight: Finch Creek Farm

By Jeff Romig WINDER – Farmer Cass gently pulled the baby carrot out of the soil, and pinched it between his fingers. With a slight twist, the dirt crumbled away. “Try this,” the owner of Finch Creek Farm in Winder recommended. “The flavor’s ridiculous.” Farmer Cass might as well be giving out candy. Biting into […]

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By Jeff Romig WINDER – Farmer Cass gently pulled the baby carrot out of the soil, and pinched it between his fingers. With a slight twist, the dirt crumbled away. “Try this,” the owner of Finch Creek Farm in Winder recommended. “The flavor’s ridiculous.” Farmer Cass might as well be giving out candy. Biting into […]

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By Jeff Romig

WINDER – Farmer Cass gently pulled the baby carrot out of the soil, and pinched it between his fingers.

With a slight twist, the dirt crumbled away.

“Try this,” the owner of Finch Creek Farm in Winder recommended. “The flavor’s ridiculous.”

Farmer Cass might as well be giving out candy.

Biting into the fresh-as-possible carrot gives a subtle snap followed by a burst of sweetness.

He ships 50 to 100 pounds of this deliciousness to restaurants in Atlanta and Athens on a weekly basis.

This Sunday night these Finch Creek Farm carrots (as well as Farmer Cass’ turnips), will be on the menu at Gunshow’s “Passing the Torch” dinner, where Chef Kevin Gillespie will unveil his restaurant’s new chef to a dining room full of Cast Iron & Collards Society diners.

This group will be the first group to meet Gunshow’s new chef and devour a five-course meal to celebrate the occasion. Executive Chef Joey Ward is leaving soon to lead his dual-branded dining experience –restaurant and cocktail bar Southern Belle, and speakeasy-chefs counter, Georgia Boy – which will open in the Plaza Theater Complex on Ponce de Leon later in 2019.

Georgia Organics created CI&CS to make sure that Atlanta food enthusiasts are able to meet the people who grow and prepare their food, while supporting the work Georgia Organics does to support farmers.

Farmer Cass has worked with the Gunshow crew for years, and also supplies a number of Ford Fry’s restaurants, Deborah VanTrece’s Twisted Soul, Cooks & Soldiers, White Bull, Five & Ten in Athens and many more. Finch Creek Farm services as many as 31 restaurants, but “not all at the same time.”

“I hit it off really well with Joey and Kevin,” recalled Farmer Cass, who has been farming a mix of seasonal vegetables on seven acres of land in Winder since 2011.

After Farmer Cass first began selling collards to Revival, Kevin loved the quality of Farmer Cass’ product, and a friendship was born. That’s why Kevin wanted to spotlight Farmer Cass and Finch Creek Farm for this dinner.

“That was awesome, coming from Kevin,” Farmer Cass remembered. “He’s gotta be one of the top ten in the nation. He’s an elite chef.”

On a daily basis, Farmer Cass is “super-focused” on food safety and being respectful to the food with a routine of delivering to his restaurant partners within 30 hours of being picked.

“That’s how fresh it is,” he said.

Farmer Cass also focuses as much on the integrity with which he runs his business as the quality of his product. Because of excessive rain, his radishes have presently “turned to mush.” But, he knows his customers are counting on him, so transparency and communication are key.

“I gotta make a couple of phone calls,” he said of touching base with chefs at least 24 hours in advance. “It gives them an opportunity to go get radishes.”

On the flip side, if he gets a last minute call from a chef, he does whatever he can to deliver on their request.

“I come out here, pick it, wash it, pack it, and tell them I’ll be there in three hours,” he said. “When you do that kind of stuff, they stick with you. That’s just old school business. It’s not about the buck.”

Farmer Cass left his position as an electrician for Publix to focus on running Finch Creek Farm in June 2013.

This work is in his blood. He grew up on a farm in Southern Wisconsin where they had dairy, beef, corn, soy beans, and a large garden.

“My grandfather had a green thumb,” he said. “We didn’t spray any chemicals on plants. He believed the fertilizer was in the ground. We just kept growing the way we were growing. It didn’t have to be organic.”

Finch Creek Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown operation, and Farmer Cass works daily to focus on being a steward of his land through sustainable farming the way his grandfather taught him.

“I love doing this,” he said. “It’s no longer a job.”

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