Bring Sustainability to Your Farm


| 3/27/2017 2:16:00 PM


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Bobbi PetersonIs a sustainable farm the same as an organic farm? Though these two terms are often co-mingled under the umbrella of "green" farming, they mean different things. Here's the breakdown: Organic means growing food without chemical additives, like pesticides or hormones. Sustainable means using the land in such a way that growth can continue, leaving the environment unharmed for future growth. 

Another way of looking at it is to think of organic as "clean" and sustainability as a "loop." Successful sustainability comes down to careful planning.

Here are some ways to bring sustainability to your farm:

1. Eliminate Waste

How is that possible? You're always throwing away trash, right? The key is where you throw it. Let's assume you're recycling all your paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass products in a weekly recycle pickup. If your municipality doesn't provide for that kind of pickup, set up your own recycle bins and do a drop off at a center when they're full.

Then, consider all the food scraps you're "throwing" away. Some of those scraps could end up as feed for your farm animals. Most of the rest can go into a compost bin. With the help of some friendly composting worms, your food scraps become organic fertilizer used to grow even more — the loop of sustainability.




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