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1 Laura Krouse Abbe Hills Farm Mt. Vernon www.abbehills.com laura@abbehills.com www.abbehills.com laura@abbehills.com

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4 Organic agriculture Management that takes advantage of biological processes make nutrients available reduce pest pressure conserve biodiversity

5 Organic agriculture mimics the natural ecosystem

6 Improve and maintain soil health Increase biological diversity (especially in soil food web)

7 Organic is not the same as “Natural” “Ecofriendly” “Green” “Sustainably Produced” “Free Range”

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9 Fertility from Rocks Manure and compost Legumes (green manure)

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13 Manage for animal health and efficient growth No antibiotics No hormones, steroids, or growth promoters

14 Animals have access to outside No CAFOs

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17 Depend on traditional breeding No genetic engineering

18 Manage pest populations Encourage natural enemies Remove pests mechanically Organic sources for pesticides

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22 Use crop rotation C-OM-M-G vs C-SB

23 Minimize soil erosion, improve water quality, decrease stormwater runoff Cultural practices Physical practices

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28 What are the benefits of organic agriculture?

29 Equivalent overall yields on well managed organic farms Use 1/3 less fuel Less carbon dioxide produced

30 No pesticides to run off or drift

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32 Nitrogen is locked up in organic matter in the soil Less likely to leach away

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35 Soil organic matter traps carbon and keeps it out of the atmosphere

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37 Soil organic matter holds water Decrease drought risk Decrease runoff Decrease flooding

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39 More biodiversity in soil food web and at the surface

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42 No pesticide residues on or in our food

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44 More nutritious food (maybe)

45 So why doesn’t everybody farm organically? It’s hard Takes time Risk is great at the beginning Knowledge is almost lost Neighbors will talk about you

46 Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial Summary of 30 years of research comparing organic and conventional cropping systems http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/fst30years

47 See you on Thursday

48 Laura Krouse Abbe Hills Farm Mt. Vernon www.abbehills.com laura@abbehills.com www.abbehills.com laura@abbehills.com


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