My Organic Story
Seven years ago, I didn’t know.
I didn’t think about the earth. I didn’t think about the soil. I didn’t think about what I was feeding my family.
Of course I cared about my family…I just didn’t KNOW.
I didn’t know that almost all of the foods I was feeding them were loaded with pesticides (and a whole lot of other nasty things). I didn’t know that when I sprinkled “bug killer” on my tomato plants I was harming the soil, the water and most of all…my family. The large, bold “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN” notice on the bug poison bag, along with all the instructions that followed telling me what to do in case my children found the stuff might have given me a clue…but I just used it anyway.
I can beat myself up about all of this, but a wise person once told me, “Laura…you can’t help what you don’t know.” Ooh, it’s true isn’t it? If you don’t know, you don’t know.
But now I know. Now I understand. Now I do everything I can to avoid pesticides in my garden and in the food we eat.
You Need to Know, Too
So, why are pesticides bad? Well, the short answer is…pesticides kill living things. Pesticides aren’t food. Pesticides are harmful chemicals that are not made to be ingested. Remember, the packages warn us NOT to ingest them?
But when pesticides are used in our gardens, or more importantly, in the food that is mass produced and processed for our consumption…we are in fact ingesting them. Try as we might, we can’t always “wash” pesticides off of our food.
When pesticides are sprayed over a field to kill critters, they have to land somewhere. They absorb right into the soil. Then, nutrients and “stuff” from the soil grow up into the plant and into the food growing there. Therefore, pesticides from the soil grow right up into the food. INTO the food.
And, did you know that there are over 4.5 billion pounds of pesticides used annually?
It’s disheartening. It can make you afraid of the foods that by all rights should be considered healthy. You know, like an apple?
So what can we do? Is there a way to grow our food without pesticides? Is there a way to purchase organic food without breaking the bank? Is there a way to grow organic food in our own gardens without spending a lot of extra time and money? Absolutely!
To Be Continued…
Hop on over to Laura’s place, where she’ll give you the practical lowdown on getting the pesticides out. There’s also a linky opportunity for bloggers, which means all readers can benefit from many other perspectives.
My entry this week is a little essay on why I love finding bugs in my lettuce. For real. For more links on prioritizing organic produce, see this week’s Monday Mission. Next week we’ll focus on getting the clutter out with Mandi from Organizing Your Way, and the following week, debt, will bring the carnival to a close.
Want to Dig into Gardening?
I want you to imagine increasing your harvest with proven techniques that won’t consume your time.
I also want you to imagine decreasing disease and pests with time-honored crop rotation and companion planting.
Check out my dear friend Melissa’s Organic Gardening Workshop. Melissa is a 5th generation homesteader with 20 years of experience growing her own food. In fact, she raises more than half of her family’s fruits and vegetables with a day job and on only a half-acre.
She has got an amazing special going on to help you learn:
- how to naturally build healthy and organic soil at home with composting and/or cover crops
- vertical gardening to grow MORE in the same amount of space
- natural pest and disease treatment options that WORK
- how to easily work permaculture techniques into your property to take advantage of nature’s design for your food
- how to use cold frames in the spring and fall to increase your ability to grow food longer & extend your growing season (if not all year long)
- easy seed starting with vigorous seedlings that not only sprout but thrive when you plant them outdoors
- how to evaluate YOUR property and growing space to its best advantage so you don’t waste precious time, resources, and energy having to replant or move beds
This theme is perfect for a giveaway of Laura’s eBook, Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Gardening and Preserving, along with some gardening supplies to get you going from Espoma, a great resource for organic gardeners. Click over here to see the goodies and sign up for the giveaway. Comments at this post, while appreciated, will not count for the giveaway entries.
If you haven’t caught my new eBook, Healthy Snacks to Go, you’ll want to grab one before the crazy busy time of summer comes. Over 30 recipes for travel-worthy snacks made with real food ingredients!