DEAR NEW FARM:
I have finally convinced my industrial dairy farmer husband
to try organic, mainly because I buy organic corn, soy, oats and
spelt, and he grows the GMO garbage and uses herbicides. In all
honestly, his motivation is financial: $3.50/bu for his soybeans,
$12.50/bu for organic (probably the least desirable reason for doing
the right thing, but then who can be picky)?
How do I make this happen as painlessly as possible? Weed suppression?
I missed the timing for planting a cover crop this year...What can
I do now? Is there a book or publication that can give me the info
I need to be successful in this?
Congratulations! The prices may have been the straw, but we suspect
your example-setting helped convince your husband he might be missing
out on something. Our first online training course is currently
available as a beta version at www.tritrainingcenter.org/course.
It is jam-packed with information and links to stories and resources
highly useful to anyone interested in more-sustainable methods of
agriculture. And, it includes a link to an electronic Organic System
to help you with the paperwork end of the transition, as well. Of
course the New Farm site itself offers inspirational stories and
a multitude of ways to network with other farmers who share your
Another excellent source to hone in on specific topics related
to organic and sustainable farming is ATTRA, the National Sustainable
Agriculture Information Service (www.attra.org).
We like to remind farmers that their best resource is the experience
and wisdom of other farmers in their region. A good way to connect
with that experience is by joining and becoming active with your
regional sustainable farming group, such as the Pennsylvania Association
for Sustainable Agriculture (www.pasafarming.org),
or the Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network (http://wagn.cas.psu.edu).
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