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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.​

“I grow we grow,” with Fredando Jackson’s Flint River Fresh

Fredando Jackson, sits on a picnic bench on the patio of Pretoria Fields Collective Brewery in Albany, Georgia. It’s one of the first spring days of the year, and the sun warms the exposed brick wall that encircles Pretoria’s patio, highlighting the imprints of long-gone doors and windows on the old brick. He slowly sips their […]

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Fredando Jackson, sits on a picnic bench on the patio of Pretoria Fields Collective Brewery in Albany, Georgia. It’s one of the first spring days of the year, and the sun warms the exposed brick wall that encircles Pretoria’s patio, highlighting the imprints of long-gone doors and windows on the old brick. He slowly sips their […]

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Fredando Jackson, sits on a picnic bench on the patio of Pretoria Fields Collective Brewery in Albany, Georgia. It’s one of the first spring days of the year, and the sun warms the exposed brick wall that encircles Pretoria’s patio, highlighting the imprints of long-gone doors and windows on the old brick. He slowly sips their strawberry wheat ale, brewed with grains from Pretoria’s farm and strawberries

from Fredando’s farm. Fredando looks like a farmer—plaid shirt, trucker cap, and the strong hands of someone who spends their days working the land.  

Fredando is on a mission to return Albany to its roots, to how rural Georgia’s food system used to be—community based and local.  

“It’s a tradition here,” he explains, taking a sip of the pinkish beer. “When you’re in rural communities, especially southwest Georgia, most towns used to have a farm stand where everyone would buy their produce–but now they’re overgrown, abandoned, and the sign is faded. But that’s how things used to be. So I’m reintroducing this way of eating and thinking about food. I call it a throwback to pre-refrigeration days. There’s a trend nationally towards hyper-local, towards people wanting to know who produced their food, but that’s how most rural communities functioned before refrigeration and before automobiles made our current food system possible.” 

Fredando’s desire to return to the traditional food system doesn’t stem from some wistful nostalgia for roadside produce stands—it’s because the current food system has utterly failed the Albany community. Food deserts cover wide swaths of Albany’s Dougherty county, and the grocery stores that do exist have limited produce options. Diet related illnesses affect the community at sky-high rates. Dougherty county has Georgia’s second highest food insecurity rate, second only to Clay county, with more than 26% of the population categorized as food insecure.  

“One neighborhood, there was just one grocery store for miles. And it was destroyed by Hurricane Michael last year, so now that area has no grocery store,” explains Fredando.  “When I first came here, I saw a need for access to food. So I asked myself–how could we bring food to people who need it?”  

Since the grocery stores wouldn’t come to these communities, Fredando decided to do what rural communities had done before—grow their own food.  

“If I could teach people how to grow, I could increase people’s access to food, and also help create a new generation of organic growers.”  

Fredando started the Grow Your Groceries program to teach people easy, simple ways to grow their own produce.  

He began working with faith-based groups to convert parcels of church property into farms, and worked with the city of Albany to install raised gardens at public parks and schools 

In 2016, Albany received a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to form the new Flint River Soil and Water Conservation Program. In 2017, they hired Fredando to lead their urban agricultural and food access initiatives, creating Flint River Fresh.  

Since then, Fredando has partnered with the City of Albany, Dougherty County Schools, Pretoria Fields, and many other to regrow the food and farm ecosystem that used to nurture the Albany community. When Fredando isn’t connecting local farmers to Pretoria for sourcing, operating the Flint River Fresh farmers market at the brewery, teaching children and adults about gardening, or advocating for small farmers, he can be found wheeling a shopping cart turned mobile garden bed along the side of the Flint River in downtown Albany“I have this to show that you can grow anywhere,” he remarks. “This one shopping cart can easily grow more lettuce than a family can eat.”  

“It takes a village, it’s all hands on deck to help our communities be healthier,” explains Blaine Allen, School Nutrition Director at Dougherty County School System. Fredando has partnered with the school system for the past six year, installing garden beds, conducting taste tests, teaching, and connecting the schools with local farmers.  

“It’s about what Fredando says,” reflects Blaine. “He says, ‘I grow, we grow.’ That says it right there–we all grow together.” 

Learn more about Flint River Fresh by following them on Instagram @flintriverfresh!  

 

—by Porter Mitchell

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