Why Grow Organic?
Growing your garden according to organic methods is better for you, better for your community, and better for the environment. Organic gardeners depend on natural amendments, cultural practices, and biological processes for success in the garden, and avoid synthetic chemicals above all. Organic gardens:
- Produce the most nutritious food. The best organic gardens depend on rich, vibrant soil (rather than chemical plant food) to produce healthy vegetables and fruits. These organic soils are mineral rich and nutrient dense, leading to the healthiest possible food for your family.
- Are helpful, rather than harmful, to water, soil, wildlife, and people. The absence of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides in organic gardens make them safe places for bees to work, birds to forage, and children to play. Did you know that some of most commonly used, non-organic lawn and garden chemicals have been linked to cancer, autism, attention deficit disorders, and other chronic diseases?
- Can be cheaper to maintain. Many easy, safe organic remedies for pests and weeds rely on recycled materials and homemade sprays.
- Challenge you to learn about nature more observantly and thoroughly. When you are trying to mimic nature in the way that you nurture and protect your garden vegetables, you will gradually begin to learn about the ways that the natural world functions. The wise ways of plants, animals, insects, and other garden friends will amaze you and inspire your success in producing food.
- Combat climate change. That’s right. Healthy soils, nurtured over time using organic methods, are natural storage sinks for atmospheric carbon. Carbon in the soil, known as soil organic matter is beneficial to soil structure, and helps the soil support abundant plant life.