Growing Organic Produce Locally
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Growing organic food locally – either in your own yard or in nearby organic farms – has many health and economic as well as environmental benefits. These benefits include:
Healthy, fresh organic food

Many different ways to get started: Supporting locally grown organic produce can begin in many different ways. You don’t have to start your own organic garden immediately. Here are some very easy ways to start supporting local organic produce:

If possible, buy at local organic farm markets: Almost every good sized urban community has at least one weekly farm market where many of the local family or small farmers come to sell their produce. These local farm markets are usually open once every week, often on Saturday. Find their location, hours, and then be sure to arrive there as early as possible to get the best selection of the organic produce currently available.

Local Organic Farms: Many communities also have organic farms at which you can volunteer to work and/or buy from. Here you can volunteer to plant more produce, weed currently growing vegetables, help them sell produce to customers, or possibly help them expand their farm by clearing more land. Many such organic farms are already in operation and have websites (see end of article).
There are three which are notably worthy of a brief description here:

Start your Own Organic Garden: If you live on your own lot or in a condo with a large rooftop/balcony, you can start your own organic garden. Renters on a large lot could possibly start too with your landlord’s permission. Be sure to (a) plant only vegetables that grow naturally in your area, and (b) they require or will still grow with as much or little sunlight that falls daily on your gardening area.

Use Compost – The Best Kind of Fertilizer The best way to both fertilize your garden and recycle all your left-over food clippings, is with a compost pile or bin. You can also add: (a) all weeds from your garden (after chopping them up), and (b) all leaves in the fall. With the aid of earthworms and many other micro-organisms, the bottom will slowly turn into the very best, rich fertilizer!

For more information: http://www.growingpower.org/index.htm  http://growinghomeinc.org/  http://www.thetalkingfarm.org/  http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/  Find local farmers markets and local organic farms http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home  http://www.eatwild.com/products/ http://www.burtsbees.com/c/root-save-disappearing-bees-support-local-organic-farmers-burt-s-bees.html  http://vegweb.com/composting/  http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html