Organic Gardening means this:
- to grow ones food without the aid of chemically derived fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides, or any other manner of poisons.
- To grow ones food and herbs a more natural way.
- To use natural, time tested methods (and some new innovations) to beat pests and increase crop yields.
Organic gardening takes a bit more work at first. Organic vegetables don't look as cardboard-cut-out shiny or colored as the chemically produced vegetables in the grocery store. Some of them aren't as big (though some of them are WAY bigger), and some of your leafy greens may have holes in them at first as you perfect your methods.
But there are some distinct advantages to growing your food Organically:
- Vitamin and mineral content has been proven to be much higher in Organic produce, thus one needs to eat less to get the same amount of nutrients available in regular produce
- Reduction of carcinogenic compounds, frequently found in chemical fertilizers and pesticides
- Protection of our reservoirs, lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans --- runoff from non-organic farms regularly pollute these precious resources.
- Protection of your children and pets, who otherwise would inadvertantly ingest and play in the chemicals sprayed in your yard gardens.
- and.....perhaps the most obvious one.......Organic food TASTES BETTER!!!
Take the time to discuss organic gardening or farming with a co-worker, a friend, neighbor, or stranger. You don't have to seek fancy certification to improve your food.....just take the time to learn about organic growing methods, and learn as you go (grow). You don't have to tell people about all the things wrong with non-organic farming.......just stick to the basics, that speak to people's values. Organic growing a) is cheaper, b) is better for your health c) tastes better, d) protects our waterways (and thus helps our grandchildren and their children), and e) boosts the economy (by preventing costly diseases and their treatment by tax-payer dollars)
Get creative and list your favorite reasons below. Talk about how you've promoted organic growing. Give each other ideas on how to spread the message of organic farming / gardening in each others communities in a way that empowers (rather than shames) people.
Lets grow a movement.
Lets start at home.
-- Christopher Hawkins