Franny’s Farm is so close to eligibility for organic certification. We are challenged daily with managing our farm organically. But, it’s the hopes for an abundant crop, good weather, our dedicated supporters sticking with us through the growing pains and expanding the organic market that keeps us motivated. Farming is a highly speculative occupation and we are optimistic and grateful to be in such a supportive community as Asheville. April Fools Day, 2016 marks our 3 year anniversary on Franny’s Farm and meeting our eligibility for organic certification. It’s been three years of record-keeping and the process will take more than over-night to complete. We’ve come along way and there is more to come! We’ve got some REALLY big news to release in the next few weeks so stay tuned to our website where you can also find information about eco-cabins, camping and venue rental for weddings and private events. Daily pictures and information can be found on our facebook page , Twitterand Instagram.
We are all geared up for a productive farming season and want you to know that we have always been dedicated to growing organic although we do not make those claims on our labeling yet. We even feed our furry and feathered friends on the farm all NON-GMO. Please read on to get the top line on what is organic and GM/GE. This is a deep rabbit hole but knowing basic definitions and how to decifer their meaning is helpful.
Why is organic important? Organic is NON-GMO. Under federal organic standards, GMOs are prohibited in organic production. As a consumer, you can rely on organic labeled foods to be NON-GMO. Today, genetic engineering is rampant throughout the entire food chain. The U.S. produces the following GMO crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini and summer squash. A Consumer Reports survey from October 2014 tested more than 80 packaged products containing soy an corn ingredients GMOs. Nearly ALL products without any labeling claims had GMO content. Most products with “natural” claims contained GMOs and NONE of the certified organic products tested contained GMOs.
What makes a crop genetically engineered? The Codex definitions sets international food standards and defines genetic engineerins as the applications of 1. injection of DNA from one organism into another including 2. other lab-based methods known broadly as cell fusion. This uses various techniques such as electrical currents and exposing cells to chemicals to produce hybrids. There is a lot of controversy surrounding genetically engineered crops. Our policy makers need to hear issues from consumers, businesses and farmers. You know the ole’ saying, “Your are what you eat.” Invest in your own education, human and environmental health.
Tickets are almost sold out! Come on out to Lamb Jam and plan to be amazed by the food that awarded chefs from the eastern region will be preparring. Enjoy the opportunity to hear and meet Meredith Leigh, author of “The Ethical Meat Handbook”. Tickets are available through the Blind Pig of Asheville.
Peace, Love & Prosperty to you from Franny’s Farm, “the bowl of heaven”.