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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.​

Behind the Summit: Meet 2019 Keynote Wande Okunoren-Meadows

The Seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be hosted June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon, Ga. Registration is open NOW. Wande Okunoren-Meadows is delivering a keynote speech at the 2019 Farm to School  and Early Care Education Summit. Wande is the Early Childhood Program Administrator at Little Ones Learning […]

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The Seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be hosted June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon, Ga. Registration is open NOW. Wande Okunoren-Meadows is delivering a keynote speech at the 2019 Farm to School  and Early Care Education Summit. Wande is the Early Childhood Program Administrator at Little Ones Learning […]

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The Seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be hosted June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon, Ga. Registration is open NOW.

Wande Okunoren-Meadows is delivering a keynote speech at the 2019 Farm to School  and Early Care Education Summit. Wande is the Early Childhood Program Administrator at Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Ga. She manages the daily operations at the center, which serves 175 children. 

Under her tutelage, Little Ones has become a stand out model for Farm to Early Care (Farm to ECE) education  in Georgia.  Children at the center are served local and organic produce, and tend to an edible community garden, which functions as an outdoor classroom. The staff also started an onsite farmer’s stand where children and their parents can purchase fresh, local, and sustainable fruits and vegetables. Last year, Little Ones was selected to be one of 18 pilot sites to participate in the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative.

Wande has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in Early Care and public service. She was appointed and served on Governor Deal and Georgia’s first Early Education Subcommittee from 2015 – 2016. In 2017, she received the Nikki Randall Servant Leadership Award. Continue reading to learn more about Wande. 

Could you give me a “teaser trailer” for what you will cover in your keynote? 

I plan to speak about the importance of family engagement: how we have to look outside of our traditional classroom setting, and think about things from a more holistic, and community-based approach. I think a lot of people look at Farm to ECE and say ‘it’s all about taste tests and nutrition, and this, that, and the other,’ but I really do want to try to present it in a more holistic, wider approach. You know, at my center, we don’t give out medications the way we used to, now that we’ve been investing in Farm to Early Care and Learning. Our kids aren’t as sick as they used to be and our family engagement has gone up.  

I’ll also be talking about how Farm to ECE is not an additional task for teachers, but it’s absolutely integrated into everything that we do.  

Finally, I’ll be talking about making early investments now. If we take the time and do the work now, it will lead to better outcomes in the future. It’ll hopefully decrease the obesity rate, behavioral issues, attentionetc.  

How did you get involved with Farm to Early Care? 

[At first,] We didn’t really know we were doing it, to be honest. My mother is a registered dietitian by trade, so health has always been at the forefront of everything that she does. So we don’t take shortcuts when it comes to that. 

We built the garden in 2013 and that really put us on the pathway to Farm to ECE. Our garden was a huge swimming pool. We tore down the swimming pool, installed a garden, and dedicated it to the life and memory of Jazmin Greene. We’ve been going ever since! 

We thought it was just going to be this little projectgrow some dandelions, kills some weeds—but it really did prove to be something more—and something that stabilizes the community because our garden has also brought about amazing partnerships with other organizations.  

What are you most excited about for this year’s Summit? 

Oh, the people! And I hope there are more teachers! It’s wonderful to have top-down practices and top-down approaches: people at the topdirectors, owners, maybe franchisees—making those decisions saying, ‘I’m going to become Farm to ECE.’ But I really want teachers and the owners to know that unless it has the buy-in of the staff, your program is going to go nowhere.  

I’m excited, and I’m hoping, I’m hoping, I’m HOPING that we have lots and lots of teachers because that’s who’s going to do the work. It’s not owners and directors in those classrooms, it’s those teachers. So I really want them to understand the importance of what it is and that it’s not just another thing to do. 

In your opinion, what does Summit have to offer teachers?  

It’s something different! How many math trainings have we been to? Science, learn how to do crafts or management? This is something different, and it’s useful, and it’s totally applicable to the work that educators do. So, if they’re fatigued of going to the same old, same old class, this is the perfect opportunity to spice up their classroom, do something new, and do something engaging! Kids don’t learn by sitting, rote memorization, dictating...  They learn by viewing. They learn by planting a seed. They learn by tasting different types of apples.

 


Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Coalition, hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics.

The farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) and farm to school movement connects early care providers, schools, and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals and snacks, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to ECE and  farm to school community.

Click HERE to register. Full and partial scholarships are available.  Applications close April 11. Click HERE to apply.

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