road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Thu Dec 13 20:27:13 EST 2007
On Dec 13, 2007, at 8:04 PM, halegp at aol.com wrote:
> As a newbie I would like to know if the general theme of this site is
> the promotion of so called "organic farming/gardening/orcharding"? I
> do not hold to many principles of the organic movement. I compost and
> try to keep everything grown on my land, on my land. I will use
> chemicals when they are called for. I have seen the pitiful
> organically grown fruit and vegetables at local markets and noted that
> they were at a much higher price for a less desirable product.
NAFEX is not a specifically organic list and it's my impression that
most people posting on it are not organic growers. My own posts are
from that viewpoint but that's no reason for others to be, and I'm not
trying to convert everybody; though I will sometimes post if I see what
I think are misconceptions by others as to what organic growing is.
I don't know what's wrong with the organic produce being sold at
markets in your area; my guess is that the growers are inexperienced
either at growing organically or at growing at all. I do my best to put
out a more desirable product than is generally available, and think
that I succeed at this; though there are a couple of conventional
growers at my market who have equally good-looking produce. I've seen
beautiful organic produce in markets around here (as well as beautiful
conventionally grown produce). I've also seen terrible looking produce,
in markets and in groceries, much of which was not organically grown.
So I think that the problem is not with whether the growing method is
organic, but with the skill and/or desire for quality of the individual
grower and/or produce manager.
-- it occurs to me, I've been presuming that by "pitiful looking"
you're talking about genuinely poor quality. In some cases, nonstandard
looks can go with better quality in other aspects. I've had people
refuse to taste my heirloom tomatoes because they weren't perfectly
round and bright red, but instead odd shaped and pink. The crowd of
people who've found out what they taste like and are anxious to buy
them, however, reassures me. And some people only want huge
strawberries, even if they're tasteless, and won't buy small ones, even
if they're delicious. But if what you mean is, for instance, insect
holes in the peppers, or brown rot in the peaches, that's not the same
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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