Klesick Family Farm is Certified Organic!
- Organic is a labeling term that indicates that an agricultural product has been produced by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Use of sewage sludge, irradiation, genetic engineering, and most synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is prohibited. – from the WSDA website.
Why farm organic?
- Organic agriculture contributes to the health and well-being of our world. It begins with nurturing the soil and continues on to nurture plants, animals, humans and the earth. Farming organically provides pollution and chemical free, nutritious food for your family and for my family. It allows us to practice farming in a careful and responsible manner to benefit our present and future generations and the environment. Because of this, we believe organically grown food is better for us. And that eating better makes us feel better!
How does organic farming benefit you?
Keeps the chemicals off your plate
- Supporting organic agriculture keeps chemicals out of the air, water, soil and our bodies. Organic farmers are prohibited from using most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic farming doesn’t just benefit your family; it helps all families live with less toxins.
- Reduces if not eliminates off farm pollution. Up to 40 percent of the synthetic fertilizers used on conventional farms end up in ground and surface waters, eventually polluting rivers, lakes, and oceans.
- Organic food must be grown without the use of persistent pesticides. Eating organic food is one of the best ways to reduce your exposure to these toxic chemicals.
Avoids hasty and untested science in your food
- Genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops are a relatively recent invention with potentially harmful impacts on the ecosystem and on human and animal health. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against cloned food, GMOs, artificial growth hormones, and other lab-produced additions to our food supply. Read more.
Farm practices: how does organic farming actually work?
Uses organic material and encourages biological activity to protect soil quality
- We practice things like multiple cropping (growing two or more crops in the same area in a single season) and cover crops (crops that are grown just to nurture and feed the soil). This boosts our soil biodiversity, breaks down the natural pest cycle, and creates a vibrant environment for our food to grow in.
- We feed the soil because healthy soil is what healthy plants grow from. This means we’ll add organic matter such as compost and mulch to the soil and it’s the same reason we’ll disc in a crop at the end of the season it fosters crop nutrients by feeding soil microorganisms. It means protecting soil quality using organic material and encouraging biological activity.
Applies natural methods to control weeds and farm pests
- Weed and pest control is based on methods like crop rotation, biological diversity, natural predators, organic manures and suitable chemical, thermal and biological intervention.
Uses efficient and non-wasteful irrigation practices
- We’re able to minimize the amount of irrigation used on our farm by using drip irrigation and moisture-conserving mulch. Soil that is rich in organic matter retains its moisture and nutrients much more effectively than its conventionally-farmed counterparts.
Cares for the environment and conservation of natural habitats and wildlife
On our farm, this means:
- Maintaining a buffer of trees and vegetation along the stream banks
- Protecting wetlands, woodlands, and other natural areas
- Promoting on-farm plant and wildlife diversity
- Controlling erosion by cover cropping bare soil