Recently, a farmers market customer bought some salad greens and commented on the small holes she noticed in some of the leaves. The holes were from a small beetle that sampled the delicious green leaf before us humans could get to it. Before informing the customer about the pest, I responded by saying, “those holes are there because we don’t spray our vegetables.” Later, upon reflection, I interpreted the experience as a good example of Hart Farm’s values.
We grow produce organically, using no sprays (not even for our tomatoes). We don’t use synthetic fertilizers that might grow the vegetables to be huge, but can compromise the nutrition. Our seeds are USDA organic, from Johnny’s seed company, so we don’t worry about GMOs.
Hart farm is not certified organic because to be so, one must pay an exorbitant amount of money and jump through many bureaucratic hoops. We do grow organically by using the practices stated above. What I believe is not understood from the word “organic” as we use it so casually these days, is that it signifies a way of life, at least for us at Hart Farm it does. We think about the whole system on a micro level as well as a macro level. We value the integrity of the naturally grown seed and nurture the plant until it’s life is waning. We find defensive ways that do not compromise the plant to keep pests away even when a more aggressive technique might be the faster route. The definition of organic means to be created without outside chemicals; of or obtained by living things. We support this definition of organic in our growing techniques as well as in the way we treat our land.
Thank you for supporting the little farm that is taking the long route to be organic!