Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - In an age when big business dominates our food supply, it is gratifying to see a change on the horizon. Many organizations such as the Organic Farm School in Coupeville, WA are bringing back organic, small-scale farming in ways that are reminiscent of the Victory Gardens in the 1940’s.
These non-profit (and sometimes activist) groups are leading a resurgence in small-scale, diversified farming by teaching people basic farming techniques and practices. Without direct experience from farmers who have seen the ins and outs of the farming lifestyle, it is difficult to succeed. The mission of the Organic Farm School is to “Cultivate farmers, food, and community.” Students learn every aspect of running a small-scale, diversified organic farm—first through classroom studies and then most importantly, by getting their hands in the dirt.
By learning soil science, organic insect ecology, tractor mechanics, farm maintenance and budgeting, among other skills, they begin to experience success and are able to start their own “micro-farms” to produce quality food for themselves and others.
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