This looks to be a great FUTURE HARVEST event:
This looks to be a great FUTURE HARVEST event:
We’ll be at the Georgia Organics Conference February 22 & 23. Come see us and join the fun, education and positive energy. Here is all the info.
Kevin will be there. Countryside Organics is a proud sponsor. Here is our message:
We buy certified organic grains.
If you see Kevin please give him a little wink just to make sure he wonders what is going on.
What is an Herbal Ley?
An Herbal Ley is a foraging mix comprised of multiple grasses, herbs and clovers. It should produce a well-balanced forage that reduces fertilizer inputs and provide increased levels of vitamins and minerals to livestock. Additionally, it should build and restore soil fertility. The higher initial cost of Herbal Leys are offset by improved animal performance, reduced fertilizer inputs and reduced supplementary feed input.
Berseem Clover, Yellow Clover, VNS Alfalfa, Multileaf Alfalfa, Austrian Winter Peas, Sainfoin, White Dutch Clover, Ground Hog Radish, Small Burnet, Hairy Vetch, Bonar Forage Rape, Dwarf Essex Rape, Forage Chicory, Tonic Plantain, Medium Red Clover, Buckwheat
Broadcast spread at rate of #5 – #7 per acre. Optionally add grass seed mix and/or fertilizer to increase broadcast efficiency.
It used to be that there was more of a seasonal variation in this business. There used to be more of a winter, more of a space between fall harvest and spring restart. It’s still there, still noticeable, but things have leveled out more as more folks go deeper into winter with hardiness zone expanding high tunnels and earlier into spring with the same early-season-productive high tunnels. Winter barely has a chance. Especially against high tunnels.
Things are very busy here. The mill is cranking and continually growing. A little tweak here with a new digital scale and conveyor to move bags off the line quicker. Little tweaks there and there with what seems like a constant addition of storage. We still don’t have a soy bin though, just to be sure.
We are increasing our efforts to find more local growers of certified organic grains. If you have certified organic grains please contact us, we are interested in buying your certified organic grains. That still doesn’t mean soy. We are still soy-free. If you are considering putting acreage into organic production we may be able to offer meaningful advice, so don’t hesitate to call us at 888-699-7088 or email to email@example.com.
Kevin is going down to the Carolina Farm Stewardship’s Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference on Friday, February 15, to look for more certified organic grain. See him there.
And a little update wouldn’t be complete without something non-GMO. Here is a report from the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds entitled, “Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers.”
The Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA is currently accepting applications for the position of farm manager for The Harvest Table Farm. This is a salaried and full- time position, and requires that the person occupy the residence at the farm. The position has three primary responsibility categories. First, to operate the 3-acre sustainable farm to grow produce in coordination for the needs of the Harvest Table Restaurant. Second, to coordinate and help organize tours of the farm. The Harvest Table Farm is designed not only to supply our restaurant with produce, but the facility also operates as a demonstration farm, serving an education and visitation role in our community. Third, the farm hosts WWOOFers and interns on a seasonal basis, and short-term day volunteers, and the farm manager would be responsible for supervision of these workers.
When you buy Certified Organic products you know that there are no GMO’s in the product. Why? Because products that are Certified Organic under USDA standards do not allow Genetically Modified ingredients. Period. When you see the Certified Organic label you know that there are no GMO’s in the product.
What else does Certified Organic mean? It means a lot more than Non-GMO. It means NO synthetic, chemical fertilizers. No toxic, synthetic pesticides or herbicides. No radiation. No sludge. Certified organic growers must also show that they are improving their soil.
What else? No antibiotics, growth hormones and anti-parasitic drugs. Organic farming promotes diversity and ecological systems. Organic farming nurtures the soil instead of killing it with multi-cation chelators like the active ingredient in Round-Up™, glyphosate. Glyphosate kills everything in the soil, including the bacteria and fungi that symbiotically aid the growing plant by helping to deliver nutrients to the root system. That’s why conventional farming requires excessive applications of synthetic fertilizers, because the soil biota has been attacked, diminished, and weakened.
When you encounter a product promoted as “Non-GMO,” ask whether it is Certified Organic. If it isn’t, you should ask, “why not?” There is a good chance that the “Non-GMO” product has been raised using conventional pesticides, herbicides, synthetic chemical fertilizers and other products that damage the soil, the environment, you and your animals. If you are concerned about Genetically modified organisms and the whole issue of transgenics, and you should be, buy organic.
It’s right around the corner. This Friday and Saturday. Mark your calendar. Set aside a day to explore what is new and good and happening in Biological Farming. Check out the speakers, activities and cool out of town visitors, here: http://vabf.org/conference/conference-2013/
Here at Countryside Organics, we continue to grow. The demand for organics continues to grow. If you are considering growing organically or biodynamically for market sale consider that the conversion of agricultural land to organic is not keeping up with the increase in demand. Opportunities abound. We are always looking for local sources of grains. If you are producing certified organic corn, oats, high-protein wheat, barley or field peas in the Central Atlantic area please give us a call, we could be your buyer.
People want healthy, non-toxic, non-genetically modified food that is grown in healthy, rich soils in a sustainable way. It’s simple. The simple message is spreading. Keep up the good work spreading the news.
At the other end of the spectrum the biotech industry is finding it increasingly difficult to communicate their industrial products as natural and simple. Here is an interesting article detailing some of 2012′s non-trivial biotech problems.
Thanks for going organic. Have a great day!
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