Paola Legarre has worked in organic agriculture for more than 18 years, so for her it was a natural and easy transition for her farm to become certified organic. Her strong beliefs in conserving the environment and maintaining a healthy place for her family and future generations has always been her priority. Her day-to-day decisions on her farm reflect her beliefs.
Apart from just saying she believes in organic farming, Sage Creations Organic Farm takes action by going through the laborious process of being certified organic through the USDA.
In the short-term, consumers benefit from produce that’s free of harmful pesticides. Farm workers benefit from not handling toxic chemicals day after day. In the long-term, organic practices mean less cost for our environment. Organic farms contribute less contaminates to our precious ground water, rivers and streams.
- Building healthy soils, the cornerstone of organic farming
- Examples of what we do on the farm to improve our soil health: No till; implement cover cropping; by intercropping between rows, planting grasses and legumes whenever possible; use of compost; rotating annual crops; use of organic fertilizers which come from plants, animals and mined minerals.
- Controlling Weeds through mechanical and biological methods
- Examples of what we do on the farm to combat weeds: We use natural mulches, we cover crop to out compete weeds, we hand hoe; we use woven weed barriers; we use biodegradable mulches
- Controlling Pests & Disease through using non-synthetic pesticides and the use biological methods
- Examples of what we do on the farm to control pests: Crop rotation; use of pheromone disrupters; natural biological controls; introduce beneficial insects; maintain beneficial insects and pollinators by maintaining plants/barrier plantings that attract them.
TO EARN CERTIFICATION, FARMS MUST
- Have long-term soil management plans.
- Establish buffers between their fields and nearby conventional farms.
- Meet specific requirements for labeling and record keeping.
- Use no chemical herbicides, fumigants, or synthetic fertilizers, and no unapproved pesticides on soil or plants.
- Keep detailed records of all the materials and inputs used in their growing operations.
- Be deposed at any moment for plant tissue and residue testing.
- Observe a 3-year transition period for fields that have been farmed conventionally