Local, seasonal and nutritious produce - grandchild certified!
Since we started farming in 1980 we have sought after methods of growing vegetables that satisfy our personal philosophies and the reason why we starting farming in the first place— to grow fresh vegetables that not only taste fantastic but are also healthy and nutritious. With this in mind, one of our greatest goals is to produce our crops by methods that will make the soil stronger and viable for generations to come.
We take our responsibility as ecologically sound farmers very seriously. We're farming beyond our immediate short-term need to be profitable, working to maintain a continual balance between our practices and the backdrop of protecting the environment, including water quality, human health, soil productivity and the local community. We focus on replenishing what we take out of the soil and minimizing the impact that replenishment has on the world we live in.
Here at Crossroad Farm, we practice minimal or no employment of insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Our extensive use of preventative methods reduces the need for pesticides and many of our crops are grown without any sprays. If we have to use pesticides, we choose those that are approved for organic production. And we consider everything, right from the very start! We never use GMO seed.
So, why are we not Certified Organic you might ask? For a number of reasons, we have chosen not to become Certified Organic. Our commitment to ecologically sound practices such as minimizing sprays is firm. We are also determined to maintain our prices at reasonable, competitive levels. Just because a substance utilized in farming is organic, does not make it safer or healthier for the consumer, laborer, farmer, or the ecology of the farm. For example, Copper Sulfate, a certified organic pesticide, is highly toxic to not only humans but also beneficial soil organisms, such as earthworms and bees. On the other hand, a synthetic alternative is almost completely nontoxic in all of these aspects; however, because it is not naturally-occurring, it is not certifiable. For us, it is essential that we move beyond a label and pursue sustainability in the most holistic way possible.
We grow a wide variety of crops, which enables us to disrupt disease and pest cycles without chemicals, as well as insulating us from the potential financial risk of any particular crop failure. Utilizing a detailed, long-term plan for rotating our crops between fields is just one, very important method for preventing disease and insect damage. Below you'll find descriptions of other preventative methods which we use instead of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.