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 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.
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.
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