As you may have read in the article on Daniel Parson, organic farming is expanding in Newton County. While many of you know what exactly organic farming is all about, with Crystal Organics being in Newton for some time now. I know I had some questions when I first heard of organic farming! The biggest part of organic farming is being pesticide free. In my conversation with Parson, he taught me about the Ecological Pest Control, which is essentially the natural circle of life. Parson explained that when you don’t use pesticides, the predators eat the prey like normal, causing a natural control of pests. By doing this, it keeps everything environmentally healthy and it protects the farmers who may come into direct contact with the pesticide if it was sprayed.
Organic farming also stays away from harmful GMO’s, by staying away from genetically modified or engineered seeds or plants when farming. Irradiation is also strayed away from. All of this results in products that are all-natural, healthy, and delicious.
Along with working with nature, Parson is going to be working with the community. A Community Subscription Program, or CSA, will hopefully come to life soon. This great program allows for seasonal eating, year-round.
It’s a great thing, having so many organic programs and initiatives in Newton County. Making sure that what we put into our bodies will benefit us fully and not be harmful is an important issue, and it’s nice to see Newton County stepping up to the plate!