It's Organic: Timeless Food Values

Organic Agriculture is Farming with Principles. To interact "in a life-enhancing way" with plants, animals, soils, and water supplies; to eliminate polluting outputs; and to conserve and recycle natural resources. Organic agriculture works in a closed system, building organic materials and nutrients, making use of livestock fertilizers. And the obvious outcome that most people recognize- to produce food of high nutritional quality. .

Access to Healthy Food = Social Equity

If each and every one of us wanted to preserve, protect, and perpetuate our access to healthy food, what would this entail?

- Healthy seed that grows, and adapts to the place where we live for our long-term subsistence
- Healthy soil to support a food ecosystem
- Healthy water and air to add to its soil nutrient intake
- A small patch of land where these ingredients are available
- Time and ability to sow, tend, harvest, and regenerate
- A community to share the work and celebration of producing local healthy food


What is Slow Food?

University of Maine Cooperative Extension's John Jemison explains the goals of the slow food movement.

1. Change role of being food consumers to being co-producers.
2. Eat food that is good, clean, and just.
3. Build community around food.

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Nature's Right

A seed fulfills a plant's reproductive right.
Saving seed is an act of stewardship of nature's rights.

Dr. Vandana Shiva, on seed saving (3 minutes):

Every law in the world that makes seed saving illegal is aimed at creating corporate seed monopolies.

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Victory Garden

The Dervaes family in Pasadena, CA transformed their family residence into a modern Victory Garden.
If feeds the family, as well as the local community.

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What is Organic Agriculture?


Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

IFOAM organic principles

The guiding worldwide principles for organic agriculture are defined by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) and are detailed below:


Organic agriculture is healthy and just; for people and planet.

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Did you know?
Laws are being passed that make it illegal to save seeds. .............................................................

Feed yourself and your friends...

Victory Garden Poster

External Links

Beginning Farmers Online Resource

Nurturing a new crop of farmers with a plethora of technical, legal, financial, educational, and social support services.

Sustainable Agriculture Declaration

From the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm)

Sustainable Table

Definition of Sustainable Agriculture

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

"Leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity."