Going organic- Is it the right choice for farmers?

by Staff on October 29, 2014

Virginia FarmCentral Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful farms. They can range from a 30 acre apple orchard, to over 300 acres of a cattle farm. Eating organic is becoming a very popular health trend, not only because of the benefits to our environment, but also the many health benefits to our bodies.

What exactly is organic? Organic farms prohibits the uses pesticides and chemicals on their crops and will not use hormones and antibiotics in their animals.

Going organic isn’t an overnight process. It requires a lot of research, information and then deciding if going organic is best for you and your farm. The first step is to get certified but don’t think the process ends there. The USDA had developed many guidelines and programs to make sure the farms stay organic. This means strict rules, inspections and testing, looking into complaints and taking action if the farm is in violation. Interested in making the change? The
VDACS   (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) can provide more information.

The United States of Agriculture also provides a tremendous amount of information on programs and services.

Did you know that Dave Matthews purchased a local farm outside Charlottesville, VA in 2002 and began building a certified organic farm? He even put the 1261 acres farm under a protective land conservation easement to protect it against development in the future.

Eating organic means less pesticides in the food, thus less in your body. Many farmers are choosing to go organic, therefore having healthier farms and consumers.

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