DEAR NEW FARM:
Please answer the following questions for my school project:
1) What are the advantages of an organic farm? 2) What are
the disadvantages? 3) What kind of pests attack your farm?
4) How do you control the pests that attack your farm? 5)
What do you grow?
Organic farming is really a production system that is based
on the concept of taking care of the soil. By building “soil
health” into your management plan, many of the pest
problems seen on conventional farms never become serious problems
on an organic farm.
we grow food without pesticides, that means these chemicals
don't get on the food or into the soil or waterways. Organic
systems are based on sound biological principles which,
by their very nature, make them resilient. Organic farming
protects human health and the environment. We like to say
"healthy soil = healthy food = healthy people,"
because it's all connected. These processes carry over from
crop and livestock production through the handling phase
and into final production.
takes more knowledge of complex systems and how they work
together to operate an organic farm. But this isn't necessarily
a disadvantage, it just requires a commitment of time to
be successful. Observing the intricate dynamics of nature
at work is fun, and that's what it takes to be a good organic
good organic farmers grow a diversity of crops, no one type
of pest typically gains a foothold and becomes a huge problem.
Say your favorite food was pizza and you found a whole room
full of it. You'd probably stay there until it was all gone,
right? But if there was some pizza, some lima beans, some
whatever, you'd probably nibble on some pizza and move on.
Weeds are the biggest challenge on our farm.
4) We manage insect pests
by encouraging a diversity of species. That way the good
bugs tend to keep the bad ones in check. We manage weeds
through the use of sound crop rotation strategies, cover
crops, tillage and cultivation. We also work to keep our
soil healthy. And that's where plant roots live and where
water and nutrient exchange takes place. Big, strong, healthy
plants can better fend off pests and diseases. We also use
tools, such as pheromone disrupters hanging in our apple
trees, to confuse specific pests such as coddling moth.
grow certified organic corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, rye,
apples and a host of vegetable and demonstration crops.
Great questions, Cerecka!
DEAR NEW FARM:
Thank you for all your help. I receive an A for my project.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.