It may look messy, but it’s healthy and full of the compounds you need. Here’s some simple definitions and explanations that will enlighten you on growing methods.
Organic Agriculture
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:
‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’.
Sustainable Agriculture
In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.  This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same.
Permaculture in Agriculture
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

As a consumer, getting to know your farmer is important if you want your food to do the best for your body. As a food grower, growing can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Being informed is the key.

When it comes to herbs and natural medicine…
Knowing how to choose and nurture herb plants in our local ecosystem has become a lifetime goal of mine. Believe it or not, there are some real blessings to growing herbs in our extreme climate. Our plants may be smaller or more compact than in other zones, but they can also be more potent. Learn and grow with me as I continue to embark on this subject and share as I grow…more to follow.

Spread the herb,

Lori Elliott