New Country Organics – YOUR OPEN SOURCE For ORGANIC

The more you know about organics, the better your results.
We love to share our knowledge and offer a variety of free organic classes and seminars.
—Always Read the Label—

WE WANT MORE ORGANIC EDUCATION:

We know there is a need for it. We hear it everyday. We have a bunch of ideas in development, like a Coop Dreams Fair, a Chicken Summit, a Soil Summit, and a call-to-action for our activist friends and organic aficionados to help us increase our class offerings. We’re even building an online Organic Education Community Center, the OEC. So, we’re calling on all you organic dreamers,  teachers, techies, and beginners: Let us know what you want to learn. Or if you would be willing to share what you know with our community and teach – in person, online, video, webinar, podcast, electronic courseware? If there’s a demand, we’ll do it.

Email us with your better organic education ideas:

organic-education-ideas@newcountryorganics.com

ORGANIC FARMERS

Some of the best organics educators around are our farmers. They know their soils, their customers, their environment. And they are committed. We are fortunate to enjoy participation in a vibrant, knowledgeable, driven organic community. We celebrate the farmers.

SHARONDALE MUSHROOM FARM

Keswick, VA

Sharondale Farm helps you learn how to grow your own mushrooms, provides high-quality spawn, and sells the best tools and supplies for growing mushrooms.


sharondalefarm.com

YOUR ORGANIC FARM HERE

Organics, USA

We are working on building more organics. Right here in the US. Would you like to be recognized here? Get in touch. Tell us your story. Contact: 888-699-7088  |  info@newcountryorganics.com


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RADICAL ROOTS FARM

Keezletown, VA

Sustainable methods of farming are used, such as cover cropping, crop rotation, attracting beneficial insects, and applying compost. Without the use of synthetic chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides, radical roots relies on hand labor and natural cycles for the healthiest soil, roots, and plants.

Contacts: 540-269-2228  |  3083 Flook Lane, Keezletown, VA, 22832


radicalrootsfarm.com

NAVERA FARMS

Callahan, FL

NaVera Farms continues to maintain the highest quality of care for our land, plants, air, water and animals.From the raised herb and veggie beds, the greenhouse to the flower gardens, all plant life is grown using Organic, natural Methods.

Our free pasture range eggs are eggs produced by hens that are permitted to roam freely in large fields or paddocks on our farm. This is different from factory-farmed – commercially labeled free-range. Birds sold as “free-range” or “Organic” means they have government approved certified access to the outdoors. The door may be open for only five minutes and the eggs still qualify as “free-range.” Apart from the “open door,” no other criteria such as environmental quality, number of birds, or space per bird, are included in the term “free-range.” A government official commented: “Places I’ve visited may have just a gravel yard with no alfalfa or other vegetation.

Contact: 904-879-0396  |  46480 Sauls Rd., Callahan, FL 32011


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AN EVOLVING ORGANIC SYLLABUS

SUPER SOURCES WE KNOW AND TRUST

This following list of books came largely from Tigger. That’s right, Tigger. We asked for lists of books and she obliged. Do you have a top ten list of organic reading? EMAIL US YOUR TOP TEN ORGANIC BOOKS.    


Top Ten or Twelve Books to Read Immediately

  • City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers, and Local Food Producer, by Pat Foreman

    City Chicks teaches the urbanite how to enable the local food supply by keeping family flocks of chickens as garden helpers, compost creators, bio-recyclers, and local food suppliers. And it addresses the problem many communities have not understanding how beneficial chickens can be in an urban setting. Learn how to lobby your local municipality to let you have chickens!
  • The Small Scale Poultry Flock, by Harvey Ussery

    The most comprehensive and definitive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry, for homesteaders or farmers seeking to close their loop, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.
  • Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook

    This is the story of the tomato: from its birthplace in Peru to the tomato growing capitol of the world: Immokalee Florida. Estabrook, the author, is an investigative reporter, and he reveals the human and environmental cost of the 5 billion dollar BIg Ag tomato industry. Once you’ve read this book you will never buy or eat tomatoes from the grocery store.
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, by Dan Barber

    Written by a chef who manages the famous Stone Barns restaurant in NY, this chef has taken farm-to-table dining to the max as he grows much of the food he cooks. This book delves into the small farmers who produce sustainable, organic food. He examines the role of soil, plant diversity, and sustainable farming practices by highlighting specific small farmers in the US and Spain.

  • The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming, by Jean-Martin Fortier

    Written by a farmer in Quebec, and using just 1.5 acres this farmer shows how you can feed up to 200 families. This book highlights how to grow food without a tractor, growing mixed vegetables systematically with attention to pest management and healthy soils.

  • Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, by David Montgomery

    This is a powerful history of soil from ancient civilizations to modern times and how organic farming may help us avoid the fate of other civilizations. Nurturing the soil takes the approach of treating soil as a biological system rather than a chemical soup.

  • Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, by Gene Logsdon

    This easy to read book provides the inside story of manure and what a great natural resource it is. The book describes how to manage farm manure, and how to compost.

  • Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, by Melanie Warner

    This is an eye-opening book about how foods are grown and processed thus creating the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally inferior food in the world. It is a shocker to read that most big food executives and food scientists admitted they do not eat the products they create and sell.

  • Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, by Louise Riotte

    This is our go-to book for companion planting of vegetables and herbs. The first year we used it, our yields increased across the board and we had to do much less pest management.

  • Naturally Bug Free: Homemade Pest Control for Organic Gardening Made Easy, by Gaia Rodale

    A great source for how to avoid chemical fertilizers and insect sprays with natural, home-made remedies.

  • The Soul of Soil: A Soil-Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers, by Joseph Smilie

    This is a wonderful book for understanding what sustainable agriculture is, reading the health of a field by the weeds, and how to nurture the soil with compost. Put simply this is how to grow your soil, so that the soil grows the plants.

  • Roots Demystified: Change Your Gardening Habits to Help Roots Thrive, by Robert Kourik

    This book is great for understanding how roots grow including lawns, shrubs, vegetables, fruit trees, and ornamental trees. From choosing cover crops to choosing fruit tree varieties this book has tons of information. Understanding how roots grow is one of the keys to successful gardening and farming.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

ACRES MAGAZINE: WWW.ACRESUSA.COM 

BACKYARD POULTRY: WWW.BACKYARDPOULTRYMAG.COM 

EARTH INSTITUTE OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSTITY: WWW.EARTH.COLUMBIA.EDU/SECTIONS/VIEW/9  

ATTRA SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: WWW.ATTRA.NCAT.ORG 

SIMPLE SOIL SOLUTIONS: WWW.SIMPLESOILSOLUTIONS.COM 

TREEHUGGER: WWW.TREEHUGGER.COM

VA ASSOC FOR BIOLOGICAL FARMING: WWW.VABF.ORG

KNOW YOUR FOOD & FARMING PRACTICES

NON-GMO HYPE

 

 

Tips from Our Experts

Put a capful of organic cider vinegar into your chicken’s waterer. It will help to keep the bird’s pH balanced and healthy. 
KELP helps to prevent and cure pinkeye in your cattle. Whether an organic or conventional farmer, all agree that the magical stuff from the sea has healing and prophylactic properties the benefit anyone and everyone’s cows.
The old timers (and we all) love to give their animals and soil trace minerals, like Azamite, C-90, Diatomaceous Earth, and Redmond Salts. We feed these to our horses, goats, sheep, and pigs these to keep them healthy and happy. Some even make it into the soil, helping to generate healthy growing conditions. 

Goats and sheep will do well when you feed them Lespedeza. This lovely vine curbs nasty little barber pole worms, which is possible due to the high concentration of tannins found in the plant. Lespedeza is also a terrific source of protein and helps them to absorb nutrients into their systems. This practice is especially important during the winter when our friends are not able to spend as much time outside.

Organic News

Intro to Organic with Coop Dreams

 
 

In Episode 2 of Coop Dreams Season 3, Brad Hauter met with Jim and Kevin at our Texas Mill Outlet in Lubbock to discuss the demand for organic feed, as well as the differences between organics and Non-GMO. In this video, Kevin highlights one key factor: all organic is non-GMO, but not all non-GMO is organic. The difference between conventional agriculture and non-GMO is simply the seed, as all other conventional practices are allowed under Non-GMO Project Verification standards. Organic truly is the gold standard, as evidenced by the chart below:

 
 
For further information on GMOs, check out our article “GMO? Or Non-GMO? That is the question!” on our blog.