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Organic Food Myth

Since I started seriously gardening a number of years ago I have repeatedly run across a certain myth in regards to organic food. That myth would be that there are no pesticides used on organic produce and this is simply not true, at all. About a year ago NPR did a piece on it and people went crazy claiming that they had been infiltrated by Monsanto. Just today I saw a news report from an ABC affiliate attempting to expose Whole Foods for their organic products from China. The reporter kept repeating that organic foods are pesticide free, once again, not true.

The difference between organic gardening/farming is that if they choose to use pesticides on their crops it is not synthetic, rather it is derived from natural sources. The claim set out by the organic community is that these natural pesticides break down in the environment much quicker than synthetics. There is also an illusion that they are "healthier" pesticides because they are natural in origin. Berkeley listed …

The Next Generation

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

It took me a few years not to fall for natures prank. I know the good weather can't last forever but it is still hard not to get excited when you can finally step out of your home nestled deep in zone 5 only wearing a sweater.

Yesterday was such a day. Along with my three children we began early preparation of the main garden. Shovel full by shovel full we turned last years crop under the soil. It was a day of discovery for the kids as well. We homeschool our children so every activity embraces a level of learning. The kids found the skeletal remains of a radish and some kohlrabi quickly decaying. Our first worm was discovered and quickly covered back up. They were most excited by the jackpot of pumpkin seeds they found under a thin blanket of composted squash.

We worked fresh organic matter into the ground and checked the raised bed full of garlic. There was still plenty of time for everyone to make mud pies and for our 1 year …