Organic agriculture uses techniques such as crop rotations, the recycling of farm-produced organic materials, cover crops and non-chemical methods for the control of pests, diseases and weeds. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives are eliminated in organic farming.
In short, organic farming uses natural processes instead of man-made chemicals to produce healthy food. FYI: you can farm using all-natural processes and not be organic, because the term organic is regulated by the U.S.D.A. Click here for a answers to the our most frequently asked questions and relevant resources for people to new organics or learn details about the U.S.D.A.’s organic certification program here.
Increased consumer awareness of food safety issues and environmental concerns has contributed to the growth in organic farming over the last few years. While there are more than 4 million acres of certified organic farms in the United States, Georgia’s 1,700 certified organic acres are not enough to meet the growth in demand for local organic products in the southeast.
There are dozens of farmers in Georgia who practice sustainable agriculture but have not sought the U.S.D.A. Organics Certification. The term sustainable agriculture is a bit more nebulous than organic and can mean different things to different people. To more solidly define sustainable agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) published this excellent document, “What Is Sustainable Agriculture?” with samples of best practices—from marketing and community vitality to cover crops and grazing—as well as eight profiles of producers, educators and researchers who have successfully implemented them.
An environmentally sustainable or certified organic production system uses cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster resource cycles, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
Throughout this section you will find information, tools, and examples for production practices, business & marketing, community resources, and peer-to-peer sharing.
Click here for a answers to the our most frequently asked questions and relevant resources for people to new organics.