Our house is an organic only type of household. We only purchase conventional fruit or veggies when there are no other options, which is very infrequent these days. It’s very important to us that we don’t consume GMOs or Pesticides. It’s also important to consume sustainably sourced products. We think of this as the base of our attempt to have a healthy lifestyle. All of these beliefs are also being put into practice on our growing market garden.
Today there are many books, ideas and styles of agriculture. We fit into the small scale side of things for sure. We utilize vertical growing in our micro green production to maximize our year round growing space. Our micro green soil is from a local Colorado company, Paonia Soil Company. We also compost all of our micro green waste, which goes directly back into the farm. This composted potting soil is currently filling our raised beds that are being constructed this summer and fall. Our seed source is always Non-GMO and it is organic whenever possible. Due to the shear amount of seed that we require, we always use Non-GMO and search out to purchase Organic.
All of our outdoor and greenhouse gardening uses organic processes as well. We are following a no-dig format and because were blessed with a host of free large dimensional lumber from a friend, we are constructing wood formed raised beds. We are then filling the new constructed raised beds with a mix of compost and top soil. We are using the compost that is coming out of our micro green operation that is supplemented with food scrap from our home kitchen. We will then supplement with some additional finished compost from our local garden center to make the beds nice and rich. Next season will be our first full season of our outdoor garden space so we are excited to watch as this area of our farm grow over the years!
Overall organic is the best when you’re purchasing food and other products. The reality is there are a few areas that lends little to no options to stay the organic line. When we are forced with choosing a conventional product we will check out the company, insure it is non-gmo, and weigh the nutritional value that is received from that particular item. For instance, if we want to eat a papaya every once in a while, we have to go with conventional due to our remote Colorado location. We choose to do this every once in a while when they are in season and we do it as a treat, very sparingly. We never choose to purchase conventional veggies like carrots, onions, broccoli or cauliflower as they are almost always available in organic form, or will be restocked shortly.
So that’s our long and short about organic in our household, but more importantly how our farm operates. Our outgoing produce is not certified but always grown organically!