According to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, organic farming is agriculture that makes healthy food, soil, plants, and environments a priority. Organic Farmer's do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic pesticides, or fertilizers. Instead, they practice organic methods such as using biological fertilizers and crop rotation to improve soil quality and grow healthy crops.
ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Farmer's Gin is a proud partner of The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). OFRF is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 with the goal to advance organic agriculture. They work to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems by cultivating organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. OFRF has invested over $3M and awarded 355 grants to advance scientific knowledge and improve the practices, ecological sustainability, and economic prosperity of organic farming.
HEALTHY SOIL & CARBON SEQUESTRATION
Organic systems build organic soil matter, creating soil health. It also helps reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by increasing carbon sequestration, the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, within the soil.
Organic practices such as crop rotations and mulching increase the soil's capacity to absorb and store moisture. If soil is unable to absorb water, it is often swept away during rainstorms leading to more sediment and chemicals in drinking water. Organic farming has been found as an effective way to reduce this watershed and increase clean water.
Organic systems create diversified and non-toxic agricultural landscapes. They rely on natural fertility and ecological pest management which eliminate the need for harmful chemicals. This supports pollinator health and abundance (bees, bats, butterflies, etc.). Animals raised in organic systems live healthier, longer lives with less stress.
HEALTHY FOOD & BEVERAGE
GMOs are prohibited in organic products during all steps of the growing process: no GMO seeds, feed or ingredients. There are also no harmful chemicals such as fertilizers or bug repellents used, which may have contaminate food. Several studies in organic foods also clearly show higher concentrations of essential nutrients.