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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.​

WIC Farmers Market Training and Meet and Greet with Rep. Bishop’s Representative Recap

Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities that recognize that food is a powerful tool to unite residents, build local economies, and foster public health. From obesity and dietary-health to food sovereignty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to increasing economic and social disparities, food is not only at the […]

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Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities that recognize that food is a powerful tool to unite residents, build local economies, and foster public health. From obesity and dietary-health to food sovereignty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to increasing economic and social disparities, food is not only at the […]

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Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities that recognize that food is a powerful tool to unite residents, build local economies, and foster public health. From obesity and dietary-health to food sovereignty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to increasing economic and social disparities, food is not only at the heart of some our greatest problems, it’s also a vital part of the solution. 

Applications are now open for the Georgia Food Oasis Network. Click here to learn more.

How do we increase market share for farmers?

This is a question, we at Georgia Organics are constantly asking ourselves. In 2019, we are connecting Georgia farms to Georgia families by creating and supporting existing opportunities for farmers in our state to increase their selling power.

On March 19, our friends at the River Valley Regional Commission in Columbus hosted a half-day WIC Farmers Market Regional Farmers Training to educate area farmers about the requirements needed to get WIC Authorization for 2019 Farmers Markets. Farmers who are WIC certified are able to participate in more Farmers Markets and connect with more consumers.

Farmers Markets serve as, an often low-entry, access point for farmers to sell directly to consumers. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, more than 3,390 farmers markets accept Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Through the WIC program, shoppers can also purchase a variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs using FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) coupons.

Feed the Valley Food Bank Fund Development Administrator Carleen Frokjer

“This training was especially important for Georgia Farmers, because it was FREE and enabled farmers to receive a certification that can expand their consumer base,” said Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Wood. GFO collaborates with local organizations, businesses, growers, and residents within communities to self-develop innovative and affordable ways to discover, taste, and learn about food. Columbus Food Oasis officially launched in 2015 and services Chattahoochee County, Harris County, Marion County, Muscogee County, the Fort Benning area, LaGrange, and other towns up to a 100 mile radius, including Russell County and Auburn, Alabama. Learn more here.

Ruby Davis of Ruby’s Garden.

Following the training, a few workshop participants sat down with Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. Field Representative Tammye Jones, Georgia Organics staff, and River Valley Regional Commission Jim Livingston to discuss farmer challenges, initiatives addressing procurement, barriers to organic certification, and the Georgia Organics’ Farm to School Golden Radish Program.

Jones was excited to learn about Columbus Food Oasis work through the North Highland Farmers Market as well as ways Congressman Bishop’s office can support small scale growers like Ruby Davis of Ruby’s Garden in Arlington, Ga. Davis provided a lot of insight into the growing and selling challenges she faces. She is looking forward to seeing what plans will be developed for South Georgia farmers in the future. “You have to talk about an idea, so you can birth it,” says Davis.

Subsequent WIC trains will take place throughout the spring click HERE for more information.

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GFO MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

To become a member of the GFO Network a community must:

  • Have a food partnership plan or demonstration of partner commitments, such as letters of support.
  • A central point of contact(s) to coordinate and communicate for events, trainings, and grant opportunities.
  • At least one partner or individual is a member of Georgia Organics.

Apply Here

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