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Let’s Celebrate Organic Farmers

By Rebecca Joerres, September 9, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
This September, we’re celebrating National Organic Harvest Month in our stores across the US and that means we’re celebrating the organic farmers we partner with. Organic farmers not only encourage biodiversity, they depend on it — both above and below the ground. Experienced organic farmers have learned over many decades that combining multiple crops with livestock and other animals is the best way to promote soil health and fully utilize the rainfall and sunlight that falls on an acre in any given year. Any organic farmer worth their salt will tell you that healthy soil is the bedrock of all successful organic farms. Hundreds of studies conducted on multiple continents over the last 50 years have compared soil quality on organic farms to soil quality on nearby conventional farms. Virtually every one has concluded that organic management substantially enhances soil quality. So join us in supporting organic farmers across the US this September – and buy organic! Do you have a favorite organic farm in your neck of the woods? Give them a shout-out in the comments section below! We’d love to hear about them. Watch these videos to meet some of the organic suppliers we partner with: Coyote Creek Coyote Creek Farm in Elgin, Texas has been producing great-tasting eggs from pastured chickens for over a decade. The Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill is the only organic feed mill in the state of Texas.
Crystal Organics As one of the pioneers of organic farming in Georgia, Nicolas Donck grows a diverse selection of certified organic vegetables and herbs year-round on his family's land east of Atlanta.
Harmony Valley Farms Since 1984, Harmony Valley Farms has been growing just about every organic vegetable that will grow in the state of Wisconsin.
Tuscarora Organic Growers This democratically operated cooperative of more than 40 farms was founded in 1988. Growers are held to strict standards, spelled out in an 18-page set of guidelines covering harvest, grading, packing, storage and food safety. All of the partner farms are certified organic.
Watsonia Farms Growing organic peaches in South Carolina, Jerry and Joe Watson are pioneers in organic peach farming on the East Coast.
Ready for more? Check out the top 10 reasons to go organic.




Bobbi says ...
Its my favorite bacon hands down
09/09/2011 9:04:42 AM CDT
Sheba Family says ...
My local organic farm is South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Get a nice organic basket from them weekly.
09/09/2011 10:22:13 AM CDT
Jeremiah says ...
Thank you for the shout-out... Jeremiah
09/09/2011 10:50:49 AM CDT
Briana Wagner says ...
Big City urban farms in Baltimore!
09/14/2011 10:36:03 PM CDT
Laura Bango says ...
Serenbe Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia LOVE YOU GUYS!!
09/15/2011 6:53:20 AM CDT
Donna M. Gentilozzi says ...
Hi would like to know who your local farmers are in Connecticut. Best regards, DMG
09/15/2011 9:34:26 AM CDT
Kristen says ...
Yay organic farmers and those who support organic farming!
09/15/2011 9:59:36 AM CDT
Tom Beyer says ...
I would love to know more about Whole Foods local organic partners here in California, too.
09/15/2011 10:01:47 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Donna Thanks so much for your concern. Here at the Whole Foods Headquarters we're not as "in the loop" with the Connecticut farmers as the Regional office. The link below will take you strait to the contact page for the Bishops Corner, Connecticut store. I encourage you to reach out to them directly for the most accurate and complete update on our local farmers there. Again, thank your concern and for reaching out. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/company/contact_direct.php?tlc=BSH
09/15/2011 10:05:02 AM CDT
Cerena Childress says ...
I love this page! Bless all you organic farmers for leading the way, setting and living such a great example! I garden at organic Pilgrim Terrace Community Garden in Santa Barbara CA, write a newsletter and blog, generally encourage everyone to learn good garden practices, enjoy the wonderful food. Though we are on a much smaller scale, we share your goals! Have a tasty day!
09/15/2011 2:09:03 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Tom Happy Organics Month! Since our product offering is different store by store I encourage you to reach out to your community store for the best, most accurate information regarding which organic partners they work with specifically. I've copied the link below that will help you identify the contact information for your community's store. Enjoy! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
09/16/2011 4:18:19 PM CDT
TERICA says ...
A BIG THANK YOU to all our organic farmers!!!Keep up the wonderful work:)
09/22/2011 10:38:24 AM CDT
RosalinaJeanmarie says ...
Seedless fruits and vegetables are not good for us Please provide food with seeds for us,grandchildren,greatgrandchildren and so forth and so on.
08/05/2012 11:49:46 AM CDT