August 2, 2005

Returns on organic farming

This morning's Ithaca Journal looks at a study on yields from organic farming and finds that their results - solid yields and higher soil quality - match up to local experience. They quote Troy Sherman of Dryden:

“It's challenging. Anyone can go out and spray. Switching to organic was pretty frustrating, but we stuck to it and our yields are 100 percent better than they were the first year,” Sherman said.

They're still not up to where they were before going organic but Sherman said that switching away from chemicals saved their farm financially.

“We were in bad shape when we started with the organic but this year is probably the best we've done in 15 years,” he said.

There's also an article on rabies prevention and a list of dates and places for rabies vaccination clinics.

The Journal's editorial looks at the value of eating locally-produced food.

Posted by simon at August 2, 2005 7:58 AM in ,
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