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Hugh Kent: Blueberries Are The Canary In The Coal Mine

Hugh Kent Real Organic Podcast Ep 109

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #109 Hugh Kent: Blueberries Are The Canary In The Coal Mine Our Hugh Kent interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

To certify or not to certify, that is the question.

Dear Friend, Today we would like to feature a letter we received from one of our real organic farmers about his choice to drop USDA certification, despite continuing to farm organically. We have featured Todd Ulizio for his work in co-founding The Farmers’ Stand, a locally run grocery store that carries local and organic products. This week, Todd

Charlotte Vallaeys Pt 1: The Pitfalls Of Outcome Based Agriculture

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #108 Charlotte Vallaeys: The Pitfalls Of Outcome-Based Agriculture Our Charlotte Vallaeys interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Will Brinton Pt 2: Can Carbon Sequestration Ever Outpace Emissions?

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #107 Will Brinton Pt 2: Can Carbon Sequestration Ever Outpace Emissions? Our Will Brinton interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

Will Brinton: Carbon Sequestration Is All About Plants, Not Soil

Will Brinton Real Organic Podcast Ep 106

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #106 Will Brinton: Carbon Sequestration Is All About Plants, Not Soil Our Will Brinton interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

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Linley Dixon: Why Chemical Companies Attack Organic But Join Regenerative

Linley Dixon Real Organic Podcast Ep 105

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #105 Linley Dixon: Why Chemical Companies Attack Organic But Join Regenerative Our Linley Dixon interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

Emily Oakley: Growing Fertility On The Farm

Emily Oakley Real Organic Podcast Ep 104

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #104 Emily Oakley: Growing Fertility On The Farm Our Emily Oakley interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Larry Jacobs: Choosing Biocontrols Over Pesticides In Mexico

Larry Jacobs Real Organic Podcast Ep 103

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #103 Larry Jacobs: Choosing Biocontrols Over Pesticides In Mexico Our Larry Jacobs interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Liz Carlisle Pt 2: Healing Grounds And Reciprocal Relationships

Liz Carlisle Real Organic Podcast Ep 102

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #102 Liz Carlisle Pt 2: Healing Grounds And Reciprocal Relationships Our Liz Carlisle interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Liz Carlisle Pt 1: Agroecology And The Green Revolution

Liz Carlisle Real Organic Podcast Ep 101

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #101 Liz Carlisle Pt 1: Agroecology And The Green Revolution Our Liz Carlisle interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Vandana Shiva: The Poison Cartel Should Get Their Own Label

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #100 Vandana Shiva: The Poison CartelShould Get Their Own Label Our Vandana Shiva interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Paul Hawken Pt 2: In Favor Of Complex Systems

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #099 Paul Hawken Pt 2: In Favor Of Complex Systems Our Paul Hawken interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Paul Hawken Pt 1: Social Dynamics Of Food, Farming, and Climate Change

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #098 Paul Hawken Pt 1: Social Dynamics Of Food,Farming, and Climate Change Our Paul Hawken interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To

COP26 Allan Savory Talk (November 2021)

COP26 Talk by Allan Savory November 2021   There is a growing demand for world leaders to act on climate change.   This is the 26th conference discussing what they should do.  The 25 million dollar Virgin Earth Challenge seeking fizzled out, and now the Royal Foundation and Prince William seek solutions through  rewarding innovation. Everyone knows

Javier Zamora: Helping Farm Workers Succeed In California

Javier Zamora Real Organic Podcast Ep 097

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #097 Javier Zamora: Helping Farm Workers Succeed In California Our Javier Zamora interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Ronnie Cummins: Connecting Organic Food And Climate Activism

Ronnie Cummins Real Organic Podcast Ep 096

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #096 Ronnie Cummins: Connecting Organic Food And Climate Activism Our Ronnie Cummins interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Dru Rivers: Organic As A Farmer To Farmer Movement

Dru Rivers Real Organic Podcast Ep 092

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #095 Dru Rivers: Organic As AFarmer To Farmer Movement Our Dru Rivers interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Zach Wolf Pt 2: The Basic Rights Of Eaters

Zach Wolf Real Organic Podcast Ep 094

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #094 Zach Wolf Pt 2: The Basic Rights Of Eaters Our Zach Wolf interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Zach Wolf Pt 1: Understanding On-Farm Carbon Cycles

Zach Wolf Real Organic Podcast Ep 093

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #093 Zach Wolf Pt 1: Understanding On-Farm Carbon Cycles Our Zach Wolf interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Gary Hirshberg Part 2: Saving Organic Family Farms

Gary Hirshberg Real Organic Podcast Ep 092

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #092 Gary Hirshberg Part 2:Saving Organic Family Farms Our Gary Hirshberg interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Gary Hirshberg Part 1: Northeast Organic Dairy Farming Movement

Gary Hirshberg Real Organic Podcast Ep 091

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #091 Gary Hirshberg: Northeast Organic Dairy Farming Movement Our Gary Hirshberg interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Hugh Kent: The Broken Business Of Blueberries

Hugh Kent Real Organic Podcast Ep 090

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #090 Hugh Kent: The Broken Business Of Blueberries Our Hugh Kent interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Dan Barber Interviews Dave Chapman At Stone Barns

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The Real Organic Podcast, Bonus Episode 11/2022 Dan Barber Interviews Dave Chapman At Stone Barns Our Dan Barber and Dave Chapman interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others.

Guy + Matt Choiniere: Embracing Generational Changes On The Farm

Matt Guy Choiniere Real Organic Podcast Ep 089

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #089 Guy + Matt Choiniere: Embracing Generational Changes On The Farm Our Guy and Matt Choiniere interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others.

David Zuckerman: Vermont’s Political Farmer

David Zuckerman Real Organic Podcast Ep 088

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #088 David Zuckerman: Vermont’s Political Farmer Our David Zuckerman interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Davey Miskell: Keep The Soil In Organic

Davey Miskell Real Organic Podcast Ep 087

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #087 Davey Miskell: Keep The Soil In Organic Our Davey Miskell interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Lisa Stokke: Food Democracy Now! And Forever

Lisa Stokke Real Organic Podcast Ep 086

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #086 Lisa Stokke: Food Democracy Now! And Forever Our Lisa Stokke interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Hydroponic Debate: ROP’s Dave Chapman Takes On The OTA

OTA ROP Debate Real Organic Podcast Ep 085

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #085 Hydroponic Debate: ROP’s Dave Chapman Takes On The OTA This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Liz Henderson: Radical CSAs And Fair Wages For Farm Labor

Liz Henderson Real Organic Podcast Ep 084

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #084 Liz Henderson: Radical CSAs And Fair Wages For Farm Labor Our Liz Henderson interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

Eliot Coleman, Dave Chapman, And Jack Algiere At Stone Barns

Dave Chapman Eliot Coleman Jack Algiere Real Organic Podcast Ep 083

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #083 Eliot Coleman, Dave Chapman, And Jack Algiere At Stone Barns Our Jack Algiere interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

Third Plate Bookclub

Third Plate Bookclub Dan Barber and the Future of Food “On top of being a pro-farmer, ecologically-minded chef, Dan Barber is a masterful storyteller. The cool thing about the stories Dan tells is that…” Read Linley’s appeal to join our next book club discussing Third Plate by Dan in this week’s letter below:   “What

Soul of the Soil

Soul of the Soil “The magic of soil” and the “soul of organic“ “The title of this film, Soul of the Soil, combines these two phrases. They are not bits of marketing fluff. They are the lived truth of the Lazors and Butterworks Farm.” Read on below for Dave’s take on the documentary streaming now on

Organic Farming’s Lawsuit Loss

Organic Farming’s Lawsuit Loss “How can this kind of soilless farming be called organic? Only by a lawyer or a lobbyist.” “What this week’s legal decision will mean to the good certifiers who refuse to certify hydroponic production as organic is unknown. Certainly, all of us will need to come together to protect them. If

“Tomorrow’s Organic Small Farm Owners. How Will They Survive?”

Javier Zamora: Current National Organic Standards Board Member, JSM Organics, CA

“We Will Always Need a Real Organic Movement: The Importance of Having Farmers Lead”

Francis Thicke Real Organic Project Executive and Standards Boards, Ph D Soil Science, Radiance Dairy, IA

“Is USDA’s Organic Relevant To BIPOC Farmers?”

Jennifer Taylor Real Organic Project Standards Board, IFOAM World Board, Lola’s Organic Farm, GA

“The Time To Act Is Now”

Dru Rivers Full Belly Farm, CA

“Add-on Certification and the World Real Organic Movement”

Steffen Reese Director of International Organic Certifier, Naturland, based in Germany

“Why Real Organic Exists: A Farmer’s Struggle on the National Organic Standards Board”

Emily Oakley Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Three Springs Farm, OK

“Soil! What is it Good For?”

Paul Muller Real Organic Project Executive Board, Full Belly Farm, CA

“Food System Betrayal”

Alan Lewis Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Natural Grocers Vice President, CO

“Organicide: Some Real World Effects of USDA Policy on Real Organic Agriculture”

Hugh Kent King Grove Organic Farm, FL

“The Rebirth of the Organic Movement”

Linley Dixon Real Organic Project Co-Director, Ph D Plant Pathology, Adobe House Farm, CO

“How We Treat Each Other”

Jesse Cool Author of seven cookbooks, including Simply Organic, Owner Flea Street Cafe, CA

“Organic at the Crossroads”

Dave Chapman Real Organic Project Co-Director, Long Wind Farm, VT

Jack Algiere: Modeling A Food System That Inspires

Jack Algiere Real Organic Podcast Ep 082

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #082 Jack Algiere: Modeling A Food System That Inspires Our Jack Algiere interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Proposed OLPP Rule

Proposed OLPP Standards The end of organic poultry porches? Don’t hold your breath. The current proposed organic livestock & poultry practices rule demonstrates the power of chemical agriculture over the organic sector. Read on below for Linley’s take on the standards’ past and challenges for the future of Real Organic: If the Organic standards required

Jesse Cool: The Customer Always Comes Last

Jesse Cool Real Organic Podcast Ep 081

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #081 Jesse Cool: The Customer Always Comes Last This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Organic Questions & Answers

Organic Questions & Answers with Bob Quinn Our monthly book club continued our intimate setting for participants to ask Bob Quinn all about organic questions and answers. We loved hearing his take on some major issues around organic farming. Read on below for a few of the questions that came up in Linley’s recap letter

Scott Park: Why Don’t More People Farm Organically?

Scott Park Real Organic Podcast Ep 080

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #080 Scott Park: Why Don’t More People Farm Organically? This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Doug Crabtree: Thoughtful Tillage Is An Important Tool

Doug Crabtree Real Organic Podcast Ep 079

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #079 Doug Crabtree: Thoughtful Tillage Is An Important Tool This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Our Whirlwind California Tour

Our Whirlwind California Tour Our whirlwind California tour brought us to the heart of communities that were early adopters of Organic farming. We interviewed Warren Weber, Javier Zamora and more… Read on below about our conversations with California organic farmers, eaters, chefs, and more in our letter below:   Dear Friend, Linley and I had

Ed Maltby: Organic Dairy Contracts Create A Code Of Fear

Ed Maltby Real Organic Podcast Ep 078

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #078 Ed Maltby: Organic Dairy Contracts Create A Code Of Fear This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Rosie Burroughs: A Call For Transparency + Fair Prices In Dairy

Rosie Burroughs Real Organic Podcast Ep 077

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #077 Rosie Burroughs: A Call For Transparency + Fair Prices In Dairy This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

David Weinstein: Owning And Fixing The Shortcomings Of Organic

David Weinstein Real Organic Podcast Ep 076

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #076 David Weinstein: Owning And FixingThe Shortcomings Of Organic This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Bob Quinn Pt 2: Lack of Research Dollars + Incentives Plague Organic

Bob Quinn Real Organic Podcast Ep 075

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #075 Bob Quinn Part 2: Lack of Research Dollars + Incentives Plague Organic This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

Bob Quinn Pt 1: Organic Grain Farming Vs. Chemical Grain Farming

Bob Quinn Real Organic Podcast Ep 074

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #074 Bob Quinn: Organic Grain Farming Vs. Chemical Grain Farming This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Mycorrhizae Relationships

Mycorrhizal Relationships Though mycorrhizae are incredibly common (and functionally important) to land plants, they are in rapid decline. We are farming in ways that destroy these fungal interactions, and we are now farming on half of the world’s land. Read on below about plant mycorrhizal relationships and why they are important in organic farming systems:

Soil and Health Discussion

Soil and Health Discussion “What Your Food Ate is a capstone piece that looks at why the WAY that we farm is important, not only for the health and longevity of human societies, but how that actually affects our own individual health.” – David Montgomery in the Real Organic book club.” Read our What Your

Jim Durst: Fair Wages, Land Ownership, And Abundance Vs. Scarcity

Jim Durst Real Organic Podcast Ep 073

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #073 Jim Durst: Fair Wages, Land Ownership + Abundance Vs. Scarcity This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

David Montgomery Book Club Interview

David Montgomery: We really look at What Your Food Ate as kind of a capstone piece that looks at why the WAY that we farm is important, not only for the health and longevity of human societies but, how that actually affects our own individual health. And then how does that impact population health? It

Organic’s Law Of Return

Organic’s Law Of Return “One of the great foundational lessons of organic farming is the belief that everything is connected. Albert Howard wrote about the Law Of Return and Dave reflects on waste and a whole system approach to organic farming in conjunction with Eli Goldratt’s “no complex systems” argument in this week’s letter:   Dear

Mark McAfee: Raw Milk Proves Direct Marketing Works

Mark McAfee Real Organic Podcast Ep 072

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #072 Mark McAfee: Raw Milk Proves Direct Marketing Works This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Lindsey Lusher-Shute: Technology + Cooperation to the Organic Rescue

Lindsey Lusher-Shute Real Organic Podcast Ep 071

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #071 Lindsey Lusher-Shute: Technology + Cooperation to the Organic Rescue This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

David Bronner: Verifying Organic Supply Chains

David Bronner Real Organic Podcast Ep 070

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #070 David Bronner: Verifying Organic Supply Chains This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

Sidehill Farm: One Organic Dairy Two Organic Businesses

Sidehill Farm Real Organic Podcast Ep 069

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #069 Sidehill Farm: One Organic Dairy, Two Organic Businesses This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Alan Lewis: Corruption and Anticompetitiveness in Dairy

Alan Lewis Real Organic Podcast Ep 068

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #068 Alan Lewis: Corruption and Anticompetitiveness in Dairy This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Books helping organic grow

Books helping organic grow: What Your Food Ate In their latest book, David and Anne tackle the question scientifically: “Is my health affected not only by what I eat but by HOW it is produced?” “David Montgomery has a knack for writing books that help the organic movement grow…” Read Linley’s letter about the soon-to-be-released What

Anna Jones-Crabtree: Our Organic Supply Chain Needs A Makeover

Anna Jones-Crabtree Real Organic Podcast Ep 067

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #067 Anna Jones-Crabtree: Our Organic Supply Chain Needs A Makeover This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Bernward Geier, Pt 2: Asia- Where Organic Is Winning

Bernward Geier Real Organic Podcast Ep 066

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #066 Bernward Geier: Part TwoAsia – Where Organic Is Winning This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Bernward Geier, Pt 1: Europe – Where Organic Is Winning

Bernward Geier Real Organic Podcast Ep 065

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #065 Bernward Geier: Part OneEurope – Where Organic Is Winning This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

A Simple Lie or a Complex Truth

A Simple Lie or a Complex Truth Our first June book club sessions focused on the complex truth of our soils, our food, and our health with Anne Biklé “Our science is based on isolating elements from larger processes and learning all that we can about them.” Read Dave’s letter about our What Your Food Ate

What Your Food Ate

What Your Food Ate Our June book club has two sessions focused on “how to heal our land and reclaim our health with Anne Bikle and David Montgomery” “Their books are packed with data, interwoven with interesting stories, all of which result in a full understanding of why we need to transform the food system

Farmer-Led Food System Solutions

Farmer-Led Food System Solutions Examples “We all need to think of ways we can work together to change the food system.” – Read Linley’s letter about organic farmer-led solutions for a broken food system below. Dear Friend, One of our Real Organic certified farmers wrote to me last weekend with a story of hope. There

Amanda Starbuck: Corporate Consolidation + Our Food System

Amanda Starbuck Real Organic Podcast Ep 064

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #064 Amanda Starbuck: Corporate Consolidation + Our Food System This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Earl Ransom: Big Dairy Always Intended To Exploit Small Farms

Earl Ransom Real Organic Podcast Ep 063

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #063 Earl Ransom: Big Dairy Always IntendedTo Exploit Small Farms This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Dear NOSB: Big Ag in Organic

“Dear NOSB” “Big Ag creates a disconnection from the land and from the people doing the actual work on the land.” – Read Dave’s letter about his National Organic Standards Board testimony and reflection below. Hi Friend, I testified to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) a few weeks ago. In the short time that

Paul Muller: Farmers Need Consumers To Help Rebuild Our Food System

Paul Muller Real Organic Podcast Ep 062

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #062 Paul Muller: Farmers Need ConsumersTo Help Rebuild Our Food System This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Sustainable Agriculture Continuum

The Sustainable Agriculture Continuum Read Linley Dixon’s National Organic Standards Board spring meeting reflection and testimony, where she paints a picture of a sustainable agriculture continuum, below. Hi Friend, The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) just finished their Spring meeting. Twice a year, 15 members come together to vote on recommendations for what is allowed

Severine Von Tscharner Fleming: Who Controls Seaweed Farming?

Severine VonTscharner-Fleming Real Organic Podcast Ep 061

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #061 Severine Von Tscharner Fleming: Who Controls Seaweed Farming? This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Paul Hawken Regeneration

Paul Hawken Regeneration We are pleased to announce Paul Hawken as our second Real Organic Book Club speaker. He will be discussing Regeneration, at 6 pm EDT on Thursday, May 5. Dave Chapman’s letter this week talks about this book and some takeaways. Hi Friend, Paul Hawken has been a good friend to the Real Organic Project.

Paul Hawken Bonus Episode Two Full Transcript

Real Organic Podcast | Bonus Episode: Project Drawdown and Regeneration with Paul Hawken This interview has been edited for length and clarity.   This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Transcript Introduction Paul Hawken: “To put it simply, no one is coming to help. There is not a brain trust that’s going to

Climate Smart Agriculture and Organic Farming

“In other words, while not all certified organic farms are necessarily climate-smart, a chemical farm can NEVER be climate-smart agriculture.” – Linley Dixon Climate-Smart Agriculture and Organic Farming Sunday April 17th, 2022: Fiddling while Rome Burns Dear Friend, The USDA has announced that it will grant $1 billion for the “implementation, verification, and development of

Francis Thicke: The Importance Of A Farmer Led System

Francis Thicke Real Organic Podcast Ep 060

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #060 Francis Thicke: The Importance Of A Farmer Led System This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Project Drawdown and Regeneration with Paul Hawken

Real Organic Podcast | Bonus Episode: Project Drawdown and Regeneration with Paul Hawken This interview has been edited for length and clarity.   This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Transcript Introduction Paul Hawken: “To put it simply, no one is coming to help. There is not a brain trust that’s going to

Melinda Hemmelgarn: Connecting Nutrition To Soil

Melinda Hemmelgarn Real Organic Podcast Ep 059

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #059 Melinda Hemmelgarn Connecting Nutrition To Soil This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

Shipping Organic Berries To Your Door

Organic Berries Shipped To Your Door: King Grove Organics This week’s letter tells the story of one blueberry farmer shipping organic berries nationwide at the peak of their flavor and nutrition. The easiest way to get an organic berry better than any other is to buy them directly so read our love letter to King

Eliot Coleman + Dan Barber Discuss Organic vs. Regenerative

Dan Barber Eliot Coleman Real Organic Podcast Ep 058

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #058 Eliot Coleman and Dan Barber Discuss Organic vs. Regenerative This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Origin of Livestock Victory with Kevin Engelbert

“If there is enforcement of the Origin of Livestock rule, the industrial dairies will be required to do what is simply a given for the real organic dairies. We are all aware that enforcement of the pasture rule has been a failure.” – Linley Dixon   An Origin of Livestock Victory for Organic “As I’ve

Kevin Engelbert: Calling Out Corruption In Organic Dairy

Kevin Engelbert Real Organic Podcast Ep 057

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #057 Kevin Engelbert: Calling Out Corruption In Organic Dairy This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Losing Organic Meaning with Michael Pollan

“How is it that we keep losing the meaning of organic in the USDA? During the symposium, Michael laid out a complex chain of thought that helped me understand. It is an important interview, and we highly recommend listening.” – Dave Chapman   Losing The Meaning of Organic with Michael Pollan “Your challenge is telling

Samuel Kaymen

“I have been deeply affected by his work, as have so many others. Samuel is one of the great pioneers of organic farming in America.”– Dave Chapman in this week’s letter. Read his full remembrance of Samuel Kaymen below.   Remembering Samuel Kaymen, Founder of Stonyfield “… Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me Other

Paul Hawken: Regenerating “Take, Make, Waste” Systems

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #056 Paul Hawken: Regenerating “Take, Make, Waste” Systems This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Leah Penniman: Ecological Healing Means Putting Land Back Into Indigenous Hands

Leah Penniman Real Organic Podcast Ep 055

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #055 Leah Penniman: Ecological Healing Means Putting Land Back Into Indigenous Hands This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Remembering Michael Phillips

“Michael Phillips was the patron saint of organic orcharding. He gave many talks around the country. His books The Organic Orchardist and The Holistic Orchard are classic guides to both commercial and home growers. With his partner Nancy, together they wrote The Herbalist’s Way. Separately and together they traveled the country giving workshops on orcharding

Senator Jon Tester: Farmers Need Capitalism With Competition

Jon Tester Real Organic Podcast Ep 054

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #054 Senator Jon Tester: Farmers Need Capitalism With Competition This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. ‘ Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Michael Pollan: Antitrust and Democracy at Your Dinner Table

Michael Pollan Real Organic Podcast Ep 053

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #053Michael Pollan: Antitrust and Democracyat Your Dinner Table This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Turn the Lights Back On

Disappearing Barn Lights (See All Our Previous Letters Here) Help us Turn the Lights Back On in the barns of rural America. Our Milk & Money symposium opened and closed with the heartfelt words of Wisconsin Real Organic farmer, Helen Kees. She tells us about the loss of the warm barn lights that used to dot her Western

Mark Kastel: An Organic Watchdog Goes After Big Dairy

Mark Kastel Real Organic Podcast Ep 052

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #052Mark Kastel: An Organic Watchdog Goes After Big Dairy This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Development Manager

Development Manager Posted February 17, 2022 Background Real Organic Project is a grassroots, farmer-led non-profit promoting integrity in the certified organic food system. We formed in 2018 to save the organic label from industry greenwashing that threatens organic farming.  Real Organic Project created and manages an add-on certification for organic farmers who are committed to

Chellie Pingree: Failures + Opportunities of US Agricultural Policies

Chellie Pingree Real Organic Podcast Ep 051

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #051Congresswoman Chellie Pingree:Failures + Opportunities of US Agricultural Policies This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Gary Hirshberg Bonus Session

“Gary Hirshberg and the Real Organic Project walk into a bar together…” Wed 6pm EST Session with Gary Hirshberg As it turns out, what happens next is not a joke. Tonight at 6 PM we will host a 40-minute bonus session for our Milk & Money symposium. We will post a portion of our interview

Dave Chapman: Founding A Farmer-Led Movement

Dave Chapman Real Organic Podcast Ep 050

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #050Dave Chapman:Founding A Farmer-Led Movement This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and

Kris Nichols Part Two: Carbon Sequestration Is Our Responsibility

Kris Nichols Real Organic Podcast Ep 048

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #048Kris Nichols Part Two:Carbon Sequestration Is Our Responsibility This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Kris Nichols Part One: Farm-Geeking Out On Soil Biology

Kris Nichols Real Organic Podcast Ep 047

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #047Kris Nichols Part One:Farm-Geeking Out On Soil Biology This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Farmer Activists: We don’t farm in a vacuum

Farmer Activists (See All Our Previous Letters Here) One thing that all Real Organic certified farmers have in common is the understanding that we don’t farm in a vacuum. Like it or not, we are part of a greater system that affects our farms, our markets, our ability to continue to do what we do.

Michael Kilpatrick: Small Farms Can Earn Good Livings

Michael Kilpatrick Real Organic Podcast Ep 046

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #046Michael Kilpatrick: Small Farms Can Earn Good Livings This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Eric Sideman: Organic Means You Must Love Soil

Eric Sideman Real Organic Podcast Ep 045

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #045Eric Sideman: Organic Means You Must Love Soil This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Alan Lewis: Why Real Farm Food Is Rarely Found In Stores

Alan Lewis Real Organic Podcast Ep 044

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #044Alan Lewis: Why Real Farm Food Is Rarely Found In Stores This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Farewell To Senator Leahy

Farewell To Senator Leahy (See All Our Previous Letters Here) Patrick Leahy is someone who has served in Congress who represented people before power. He is ending his long Senate career. After 46 years of service to our country, his seniority makes him the President Pro Tempore of the US Senate. He has guided the

Woody Tasch: Investing In Your Local Soil With Slow Money

Woody Tasch Real Organic Podcast Ep 043

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #043Woody Tasch: Investing In YourLocal Soil With Slow Money This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Anne Ross: Investigating International Grain Fraud

Anne Ross Real Organic Podcast Ep 042

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #042Anne Ross: Investigating International Grain Fraud This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy

Ben Dobson: Luddites, Take-nologists, and 4th Grade Climate Science

Ben Dobson Real Organic Podcast Ep 041

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #041Ben Dobson: Ludites, Take-nologistsand 4th Grade Climate Science This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Jennifer Taylor: Infusing Farmers With The Organic Experience

Jennifer Taylor Real Organic Podcast Ep 040

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #040Jennifer Taylor: Infusing Farmers WithThe Organic Experience This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

The most complex, radical technologies on earth: Truth Default Theory and Organic

The most complex, radical technologies on earth: Truth Default Theory and Organic (See All Our Previous Letters Here) “Collectives do not emerge from the tops of institutions. They begin with one person and then another, the invisible social space where commitment and action join and come together to become a dyad, a group, a team,

Walter Jehne: The True Costs Of Cheap Food

Walter Jehne Real Organic Podcast Ep 039

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #039Walter Jehne: The True Costs Of Cheap Food This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

The Great Organic Food Fraud: Some Surprises

The Great Organic Food Fraud: Some Surprises (See All Our Previous Letters Here) This week, The New Yorker published the story of Randy Constant, the perpetrator of the “largest-known fraud in the history of American organic agriculture.” Surprisingly, Constant didn’t need to be a mastermind to pass off a quarter of a billion dollars worth

Walter Jehne: Hydrology, Desertification, And Climate

Walter Jehne Real Organic Podcast Ep 038

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #038Walter Jehne: Hydrology, Desertification, And Climate This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy

Real Change – The Political Ecology of Food

Real Change: The Political Ecology of Food I had the privilege of giving a farm tour to a college class entitled “Political Ecology of Food.”  Prior to their visit, the student’s assignment was to watch the video on our homepage, “Why Real Organic Matters”. It’s a video that I have seen dozens of times, and somehow I’m still

Taste This: Lessons from Stone Barns

Taste This: Lessons From Stone Barns   The lesson of the day was to pay attention, to listen with all our senses. To show up for the food we were eating, to honor it, enjoy it. To use my tongue and nose to find nourishment. To digest it, in every sense of the word. The

Didi Pershouse: Water, Water, Water And The Soil Carbon Sponge

Didi Pershouse Real Organic Podcast Ep 037

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #037Didi Pershouse: Water, Water, Water And The Soil Carbon Sponge This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real

Nora Taleb: Lessons From Europe’s Add-On Food Labels

Nora Taleb Real Organic Podcast Ep 036

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #036Nora Taleb: Lessons From Europe’s Add-On Food Labels This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project”

Michael Phillips: Restoring Degraded Lands with Outrageous Biodiversity and Fungal Networks

Michael Phillips Real Organic Podcast Ep 035

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #035Michael Phillips: Restoring Degraded Lands with Outrageous Biodiversity and Fungal Networks This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search

Why Doesn’t The USDA Support Farm To Fork?

Why Doesn’t The USDA Support Farm To Fork?   In May of 2020, the European Commission issued “A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.” It is a landmark document that sets ambitious goals for the EU (and the rest of the world). It is the heart of the European

Paul Hawken: Food, Climate, And The Time For Regeneration

The Real Organic Podcast, Bonus Episode Paul Hawken: Food, Climate, And The Time For Regeneration This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Francis Thicke: Unpacking the Industrial Takeover of Organic

Francis Thicke Real Organic Podcast Ep 034

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #034Francis Thicke: Unpacking theIndustrial Takeover of Organic This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

Glorious Grasses: Diversified Organic Pasture Management

Glorious Grasses: Diversified Organic Pasture Management “Cows were meant to move about and grass was meant to stay in place, and we have a system that does the opposite.” – Francis Thicke, Real Organic dairy farmer Dear Real Organic friends, An acre of properly managed diversified organic pasture yields more nutrition for a cow than

Annelise Orleck: Invisible Farm Workers + Unconscious Consumers

Annelise Orleck Real Organic Podcast Ep 033

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #033Annelise Orleck: Invisible Farm Workers+ Unconscious Consumers This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

Karen Washington: Growing Diversity In The Farming Community

Karen Washington Real Organic Podcast Ep 032

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #032Karen Washington: Growing Diversityin the Farming Community This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or

“Show Me A Movement”

Show Me A Movement “Show Me A Movement” Barak Obama talking to Dan Barber in 2009 on the possibility of reforming the food system. Dear Real Organic friends, To change the world, should we focus on changing the system or on changing what we buy? Do we best create change as activist citizens or as

Fred Provenza: What Animals Eat And Why Should We Care?

Fred Provenza Real Organic Podcast Ep 031

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #031Fred Provenza: What Animals EatAnd Why Should We Care? This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Danone To The Rescue?

Danone To The Rescue? “Danone is committed to growing food in a way that regenerates natural ecosystems and strengthens the well-being of farmers, livestock, local communities and consumers. Supply chain transparency is essential to accelerate the regenerative agriculture movement worldwide,” said Mickael Baud, Transparency & Traceability Transformation Program Director at Danone in 2021. Beautiful words.

David Grinspoon: Childhood’s End: What Kind Of Planet Changers Do We Want To Be?

David Grinspoon Real Organic Podcast Ep 030

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #030David Grinspoon: Childhood’s End:What Kind Of Planet Changers Do We Want To Be? This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find

CAFOs In The Desert

“The farmers of the West are repeating the mistakes made by Imperial Rome. Money, profit, the accumulation of capital and luxury, became the objects of landowning and not the great virtues of the soil and the farmers of few acres.” -Albert Howard Dear Real Organic friends, Flying home from visiting farms in California last week,

Which Kind Of Green Is Danone Interested In?

“That is the fundamental cause of the problem. I can go down the list of every major problem we’re confronting and it’s because we give a priority to economic efficiency, “productivity”, profitability and we end up compromising our relationships with each other, our social values. We end up destroying the natural resources, degrading the soil,

John Ikerd Part Two: Scaling Organic Farms To Fit Nature And Communities

John Ikerd Real Organic Podcast Ep 029

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #029John Ikerd, Part Two: Scaling Organic Farms to Fit Nature and Communities This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,

Danone Abandons Organic Farms

Dear Real Organic friends, Talking to some friends in Vermont a few years ago, they thought I was exaggerating when I said that the National Organic Program was in trouble. It seemed to them that organic farms were flourishing in Vermont. I asked, “Even the dairy farms?” Well, no… Not the dairy farms. We are

John Ikerd Part One: Industrial Food Can Never Be Sustainable

John Ikerd Real Organic Podcast Ep 028

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #028John Ikerd, Part One:Industrial Food Can Never Be Sustainable This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

David Montgomery: Clever Modern Technology vs Ancient Soil Wisdom

David Montgomery Real Organic Podcast Ep 027

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #027David Montgomery: Clever Modern Technologyvs Ancient Soil Wisdom   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link

Anne Bikle Part Two: From Soil to Gut

Anne Bikle Real Organic Podcast Ep 026

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #026Anne Biklé: From Soil to Gut   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link directly into

Anne Bikle: Digging Into The Soil Microbiome

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #025Anne Biklé Part One:Digging into the Soil Microbiome   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link

Bill McKibben: Winning The Climate Argument But Losing The Fight

Bill McKibben Real Organic Podcast Ep 024

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #024Bill McKibben: Winning the Climate ArgumentBut Losing the Fight This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic

Allan Savory: Regreening the Planet With Livestock

Allan Savory Real Organic Podcast Ep 023

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #023Allan Savory: Regreening the Planet with Livestock   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link directly

Transparency And Integrity In Organic

Dear Real Organic friends, More and more people are starting to ask questions about how their food is produced. Many eaters are starting to make highly informed connections between production practices and the nutritional, environmental, and social implications of their choices.   But, how can we make informed decisions without transparency? This CBS news coverage features Paul

A movement connected to many other movements

Dear Real Organic friends, I have learned is that real organic is not a brand. It is a movement. And this movement is connected to many other movements. It isn’t just about growing good food on one farm, as wonderful as that is. That one farm is connected to a community of eaters and farmers.

Arran Stephens: Fighting The Lobbyists Who Dilute Organic

Arran Stephens Real Organic Podcast Ep 022

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #022Arran Stephens: Fighting The LobbyistsWho Dilute Organic   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link directly

Talking About a Green Revolution

This week we are introducing two podcasts. Dear Real Organic friends, Once upon a time, in the early 1970s, when I left high school and went to work in the world, the Vietnam war was coming to an end and our culture was in upheaval. We had lost an earlier innocence in that painful war,

Stuart Hill: Sustainable Farming Intuitive Knowledge + Feedback Loops

Stuart Hill Real Organic Podcast Ep 021

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #021 Stuart Hill: Sustainable Farming, Intuitive Knowledge + Feedback Loops   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Mother Tree

Dear Real Organic friends, In the mid 1990’s Suzi Simard found that nutrients are transferred between the roots of forest trees through their mycorrhizal fungal connections. Her research, published in the distinguished journal Nature, challenged a government policy strategically labeled “Free to Grow” that required herbicide use on “reforested” clear cut land. Under this policy,

Jean-Paul Courtens To Till Or Not To Till On A Vegetable Farm

Jean-Paul Courtens Real Organic Podcast Ep 020

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #020 Jean-Paul Courtens: To Till or Not to TillOn a Vegetable Farm   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste

Enid Wonnacott When The Organic Floor Became A Ceiling

Enid Wonnacott Real Organic Podcast Ep 019

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #019 Enid Wonnacott: When the Organic Floor Became a Ceiling   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Vincent Stanley The Power of Private Companies Working to Protect Earth

Vincent Stanley Real Organic Podcast Ep 018

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #018 Vincent Stanley: The Power of PrivateCompanies Working to Protect Earth   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our

Hugh Kent Allowing Hydroponic Berries Into Organic Is A Mandate

Hugh Kent Real Organic Podcast Ep 017

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #017 Hugh Kent: Allowing Hydroponic Berries Into Organic Is A Mandate   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our

Onika Abraham Voting With Your Fork Won’t End Food Apartheid

Onika Abraham Real Organic Podcast Ep 015

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #015 Onika Abraham: Voting With Your Fork Won’t End Food Apartheid   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our

Kat Taylor How to Grow Good Money and Good Food for All

Kat Taylor Real Organic Podcast Ep 016

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #016 Kat Taylor: How to Grow Good Money + Good Food for All   This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play. You can also subscribe to receive the

Redefining Farming

“There’s something happening here But what it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware I think it’s time we stop Children, what’s that sound? Everybody look, what’s going down?” –  Buffalo Springfield: “For What Its Worth” Dear Real Organic friends, It’s time we “stop

Two Visionaries, Fifty Years Apart

“What I caution against is folks who believe that just by buying organic or just by sharing muffins with my neighbor, I’ve done my part. There’s more to it than that.” – Leah Penniman Dear Real Organic friends, Leah Penniman took a typical path into organic farming, starting as an apprentice on small farms, reading,

Mark Schatzker The Deceptive + Dishonest Flavoring of Human Nutrition | Episode Fourteen

Mark Schatzker Real Organic Podcast Ep 014

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #014 Mark Schatzker: Deception + Dishonesty Are Flavoring Human Nutrition   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Alice Waters The Cost of Eating Fast Food Values | Episode Thirteen

Alice Waters Real Organic Podcast Ep 013

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #013 Alice Waters: The Cost of Eating Fast Food Values   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Paul Holmbeck How Denmark Went Organic | Episode Twelve

Paul Holmbeck Real Organic Podcast Ep 012

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #012 Paul Holmbeck: How Denmark Went Organic   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link directly

Seth Godin The Powerful Story of the Organic Movement | Episode Eleven

Seth Godin Real Organic Podcast Ep 011

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #011 Seth Godin: The Powerful Story of the Organic Movement Tempts Big Ag   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and

Joan Gussow Tying Nutrition to Agriculture is Long Overdue | Episode Ten

Joan Gussow Real Organic Podcast Ep 010

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #010 Joan Gussow: Tying Nutrition to Agriculture is Long Overdue   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Attention

“What does Theory Of Constraints say that is so different from common sense? ‘If I can find the leverage point, I can move the earth.” – -Eli Goldratt Dear Real Organic friends, I have long been inspired by the thinking of Eli Goldratt, based on the simple question: Where do we put our attention? We

Should ORGANIC Be One Brand?

“The reality is we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a very imperfect world. And that’s politics. And you kind of have to navigate, and it’s frustrating. And the reality is I get what you are doing with the Real Organic Certification process that you put in place. “But in reality, that

Paul Hawken Extractive Capitalism’s Toll on Food, Farming, + Life | Episode Two

Paul Hawken Real Organic Podcast Ep 002

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Two Paul Hawken: Extractive Capitalism’s Toll on Food, Farming, + Life   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our

Dan Barber Chasing Fertility And America’s Absent Food Culture | Episode 3

Dan Barber Real Organic Podcast Ep 003

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Three Dan Barber: Chasing Fertility +America’s Absent Food Culture   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed

Leah Penniman Revolution Based On Land | Episode Four

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Four Leah Penniman: Revolution Based on Land   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link directly

Peter Whoriskey Uncovering Fraud in Organic Meat, Milk, Eggs and Grain | Episode Six

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Six Peter Whoriskey: Uncovering Fraud in Organic Meat, Milk, Eggs and Grain   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste

Emily Oakley Living Next to a CAFO While Serving on the NOSB | Episode Seven

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Seven Emily Oakley: Living Next to a CAFO while Serving on the NOSB   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and

Eliot Coleman Real Organic vs Chemical Farming | Episode Eight

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Eight Eliot Coleman: Real Organic vs. Chemical Farming   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed link

JM Fortier Feeding The World With Small Organic Farms | Episode Nine

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Nine JM Fortier: Feeding The World With Small Organic Farms   Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS

Welcome to the Real Organic Podcast | Episode One

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode One:All About Real Organic Project + The Real Organic Podcast     Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our

Two Wolves and a Lamb Vote on What to Have For Lunch

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. “Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” – Ben Franklin Correction. Several people informed us that Ben Franklin (despite often being quoted incorrectly) did not write the words attributed to him in the last letter. It is still an important

Secretary Vilsack’s Response

Speaking at a rally to protect organic, Fred Kirschenmann was asked what he would do if he was Secretary of Agriculture? He replied, “Well, that all depends on how long I wanted to remain Secretary of Agriculture.” Dear Real Organic friends, We (Francis Thicke and Dave Chapman) are writing again today about our meeting with Secretary Vilsack.

Secretary Vilsack Meets With Organic Farmers

“So our number one responsibility needs to be, and should be, protecting the brand, as we see, and based on the recommendations that we get from the board, and based on the recommendations and feedback that we get from organic producers.” – Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking in his meeting with organic farmers Dear Real Organic

Asking For Permission

“Change isn’t made by asking permission.” – Seth Godin Dear Real Organic friends, I spoke with a friend who has worked all his life in the organic industry. And our conversation depressed me. I like him. I respect him. He has spent a lifetime building relationships with like-minded people. He is part of the highly

Al Gore Climate Agriculture and Human Migration | Episode Five

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The Real Organic Podcast, Episode Five Al Gore: Climate, Agriculture, + Human Migration     Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us, search “Real Organic Project” or copy and paste our RSS Feed

We Must Be Smarter!

“Cheap Food Isn’t.” – Michael Olson’s Third Law of the Food Chain “Alice Waters by herself did not defeat McDonald’s. But Alice Waters taught someone who taught someone who taught someone who taught someone who taught someone. At the same time that McDonald’s continues to grow, there is now a significant alternative, in public schools

“This Tastes Like Life”

“My first thought as I began eating them was, ‘Wow, these could not taste any fresher if I had grown them myself.’” – Eliot Coleman, Four Season Farm   Dear Real Organic friends, Our world seems designed to put King Grove Organic Farm out of business. When we first met farmers Hugh and Lisa Kent,

Know Your Farmer | King Grove Organic Farm

King Grove Farm, Florida   Hugh & Lisa Kent of King Grove Organic Farm talk about what makes their blueberries more than an ordinary organic berry found in supermarkets. They touch the land with loving hands, and the land replies with a profusion of jaw-droppingly good berries. “Sure, we might sell more blueberries if we

Why Real Organic Matters

Why Real Organic Matters… Click above to watch this short video about our farmer-led movement! “If you look the other way, things change. So you have to be very vigilant and see what’s going on out there. “Perhaps if we don’t start talking about it and get together and save the core values of what

Grain By Grain

“As a nation, we’ve simply become too cheap, particularly when it comes to food. “Achieving this extraordinary cheapness has meant continually extracting value out of the entire supply chain that leads to our suppers — from the farms and rural communities where our feed is grown, to the processing facilities and fast-food restaurants where underpaid

A Farmer-Led Label

“We, by our choices, have the power to make or destroy the world. We have to wake up.” – Arran Stephens, Real Organic Project symposium   Red dots: 500 Certified ROP Pilot Farms Blue dots: 350 Ready for Inspection this summer Help us Grow the Real Organic Movement to 1,000 farms!   Dear Real Organic

WHAT IS REAL ORGANIC?

Are You Getting Real Organic Food? The Real Organic Project requires tomatoes to be grown in fertile soil The USDA allows hydroponic tomatoes to be certified organic The Real Organic Project requires berries to be grown in fertile soil The USDA allows hydroponic berries to be certified organic The Real Organic Project requires cows to

We Fought The Law

“If I were asked to sum up the results of the work of the pioneers of the last 12 years or so on the relation of agriculture to public health, I should reply that a fertile soil means healthy crops, healthy livestock, and last, but not least, healthy human beings.” – Sir Albert Howard, 1945

Nourishment

    “So it’s no wonder that people can’t eat bread or grains anymore. I’m sure there could be problems with the breeding or the gluten, but you are also eating Roundup.  “Most human-grade grains, (that are so-called “human-grade grains”; they really shouldn’t be) are sprayed with Roundup as a desiccant. So if you’re eating

What Is Soil Health?

    Dear Real Organic friends, After many months of research and work, the first session of the Real Organic Symposium came out last Sunday. Over 1500 people have signed up, and the first session was a remarkable success. The biggest question we heard was, “What can we do?” As one person wrote: “In the beginning, I found the

The Third Path

  “Rachel Carson wrote more about pesticides, and Albert Howard wrote more about the fertilizers. But both tried to wake us to the fact that companies that had gotten addicted to making profits from killing people and for war were now wanting to continue to make profits by selling the same chemicals as agricultural inputs. “I realized

We Won the Debate. Now We’re In A Fight

Hi Friend,   “I thought that we were having an argument, and that as soon as we had a preponderance of evidence clearly piled on one side, then our leadership would do the right thing. It took a while to figure out that we had won the argument long before. The science was abundantly clear.

Doesn’t Everyone Deserve Organic?

Hi Friend, I got an article this week. It appeared in Civil Eats, and It had quotations from Linley Dixon, Kathleen Merrigan, and others about COVID, farm scale, and feeding people. It raised very important questions. “The idyllic five-acre organic farm that only sells within a five-mile radius . . . won’t feed many people. Shouldn’t

“It’s crazy. I mean, it’s just baloney!”

“I’m going to make my opinion heard. I think you folks ought to make your opinion heard too.“ – Senator Jon Tester on the certification of hydro as organic Hi Friend, Jon Tester joined the Senate in 2006. But he has been a grain farmer in Big Sandy, Montana all his life. With his wife, Sharla, he

Stronger Together

“To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.” – Raymond Williams Hi Friend, When the Real Organic Project began in 2018, we were immediately joined by a respected group of organic pioneers. There was a need for a label that would honestly represent the organic movement. Many eaters were unaware of

Real Organic Label Sweeping The Nation

Dear Real Organic friends, We are proud to announce the official release of the Real Organic Project label. We have just under 500 farms approved for certification. It is a sign of farmer commitment to Real Organic that so many have been certified without a label to show! And yes, we now have a label to share with the

Paul Hawken Letter To The Editor

Hi Friend, The inescapable challenge of our time is climate crisis. Regardless of race, gender, income level, nationality, or creed, our lives are being changed by climate. And our lives are changing climate. Those changes are only going to multiply, until our world is profoundly transformed. There are a growing number of voices calling for dramatic changes to how

Who Owns Organic?

Who Owns Organic?     I was in a debate last week hosted by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).  It was an exchange of ideas about the certification of hydroponic as organic. We debated the following resolution:  “The future of certified organic production will include hydroponics.”  Speaking in support of this resolution was Kelly Damewood,

Organic Grain Fraud

Organic Grain Fraud The Real Organic Project was formed by organic farmers to address five major lapses in USDA Organic integrity: 1) The certification of hydroponic production, 2) The certification of confinement livestock operations, 3) The lack of enforcement of the “pasture rule” in organic dairy, 4) The failure to implement the Origin of Livestock Rule and,

Know Your Farmer | A-Frame Farm

A-Frame Farm, Minnesota Carmen Fernholtz of A-Frame Farm talks about what is important when it comes to Organic Farming. Organics were founded on principles and proper practices. “Do organic not because the price is better, but because it’s the right thing to do for the soil for society and for yourself.” Be sure to check

Know Your Farmer | Greener Pastures Chicken

Greener Pastures Chicken, Texas   Greener Pastures Chicken believes that truly organic practices can be maintained and are even scalable. While some corporate chicken operations are taking advantage of subpar animal husbandry practices, Cameron Molberg is committed to keeping his birds comfortable and on lush pasture — It’s better for the animals, the food quality,

Farm Labor at Swanton Berry Farm

Farm Labor at Swanton Berry Farm When you grocery shop, too much is invisible. You can’t see the buildings that housed the farm animals, you can’t see the slaughterhouse, packing house, nor a day in the life of the people who picked the produce. I truly believe that if you could know the FULL story

Know Your Farmer | Swanton Berry Farm

Swanton Berry Farm, California   Jim Cochran of Swanton Berry Farm discusses the agricultural labor situation in California, and what he is doing about it. Jim values his employees even more than his 10 acres of strawberries. Housing and year round employment are just some of the benefits Jim’s employees enjoy. Learn more by visiting

Black Lives Matter

The Real Organic Project was created to build community around the core beliefs of organic farming. These beliefs are based on a biologically diverse soil ecosystem. This kind of farming has profound impacts on our health and on our climate. If we change our farming systems, we change our world. Real Organic Project has been created to make

Brave Little State

Brave Little State The Brave Little State Versus Godzilla. We know how that movie ends. Vermont is the Brave Little State. In this case, Godzilla is Monsanto and the Organic Trade Association.That is an odd pairing. How did that happen?For years there was a huge national effort to require labeling for products containing GMOs. And there was an

What Do A Rancher And A Vegan Have In Common?

What Do A Rancher And A Vegan Have In Common? Must-see “Know Your Farmer” video of Alderspring Ranch Glenn Elzinga is an endlessly interesting cowboy. I spent a day with him and four of his seven daughters in the backcountry of the Salmon Challis National Forest. If your time is limited today, please stop reading this

Dear USDA – What will it take?

Dear USDA – What will it take? Most organic farmers do not know what the NOSB is. Most of us don’t even know what the NOP is. Huh? The NOP is the National Organic Program. This is the branch of the USDA that administers the organic certification program for America. They guard and protect the

How Long Could Your Community Feed Itself?

How Long Could Your Community Feed Itself? Liz Graznak wanted to farm her own land. But, it took her nearly a decade to make it happen. Like many first generation farmers, Liz didn’t have access to farmland nor did she have the capital to make a purchase. So, she got a job at a local

Which Came First- The Organic Chicken or the Organic CAFO?

Which Came First- The Organic Chicken Or The Organic CAFO? Which Came First- The Organic Chicken Or The Organic CAFO?That’s an easy one. The Organic Chicken came first. The Organic Chicken has been around for thousands of years, long before the word “Organic” was used. These chickens explored outside, hunted and pecked, scratched and rolled, and flapped their wings. They

Whose Government Is It?

Whose Government Is It? “I can think of several outcomes of Harvey v Veneman, some of which would require many pages to explain. But the main one was how easily the entire organic movement rolled over and allowed a handful of senators and reps to amend OFPA to defeat the principal reform of my lawsuit—the

Know Your Farmer | Full Moon Farm

Full Moon Farm, Vermont Rachel Nevitt and David Zuckerman own and operate Full Moon Farm in Vermont, where they grow a delicious variety of produce, including melons, sweet corn, and heirloom tomatoes. When David isn’t farming, he’s representing the state of Vermont as Lieutenant Governor. In a rally in Thetford, Vermont, David announced, “Organic without

Know Your Farmer | Alderspring Ranch

Alderspring Ranch, Idaho The Elzingas developed a system of intensive and intentional herding at Alderspring Ranch to restore the native ecology and provide their cattle with the most diverse diet possible. If you get the chance to order meat from their online store you’ll have a taste of the nutritional density of the beautiful Pahsimeroi

WHAT IS REAL ORGANIC?

Are You Getting Real Organic Food? The USDA allows hydroponic tomatoes to be certified organic The Real Organic Project requires tomatoes to be grown in fertile soil The USDA allows hydroponic berries to be certified organic The Real Organic Project requires berries to be grown in fertile soil The USDA allows confinement dairy operations to

Know Your Farmer | Happy Hollow Farm

Happy Hollow Farm, Missouri Liz Graznak, owner of Happy Hollow Farm, explains that community supported agriculture is her way of being a political force. Her CSA members have the option of participating on the farm through distribution shifts and farm work days. Their CSA is already full for the 2022 spring-summer season, but be sure

What Food Do We Want

What Food Do We Want? Our Know Your Farmer video this week is a visit with Anne and Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm. Butterworks is an iconic dairy farm in Vermont. The Lazors have been organic pioneers for the last thirty years. Their farm has evolved from selling whole milk to primarily selling yogurt. Their

Know Your Farmer | Butterworks Farm

Butterworks Farm, Vermont Butterworks Farm’s 100% grass-fed Jersey cows bring premium organic dairy products to the market including yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, and heavy cream. In addition to producing delicious food, they are committed to using their land and livestock to sequester as much carbon as possible. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project!

Dear NOSB

Yesterday was supposed to the Real Organic Project symposium at Dartmouth. Instead of a big party and hundreds of people sharing ideas, the college is shuttered and I went for a quiet walk with Claudia around Lake Morey. It can feel a little strange to feel joyous in these troubled times, but the above video

Is it the best of markets or the worst of markets?

There are many sleepless nights in the life of a farmer. The last few weeks have been no exception. On our small veggie farm in SW Colorado, we have gone from thinking we have NO markets due to restaurant and farmers’ market closers, to wondering if this could be the highest demand there has EVER been

Stories From the Front Lines

Years ago I was sitting in a cafe when the lights went out. A regional electrical failure led to the stunning silence. And then, within moments…. everyone began talking to each other. In the last month, the lights have been going out in our world. And people are talking to each other. We NEED to

Raising Animals on Pasture

Over 600 farms have applied to be part of the Real Organic Project. We wanted to share a few highlights from the many incredible farmers who have courageously spoken out about reclaiming the integrity of Organic. Please share with others! Healthy Soil • Healthy Food • Healthy Planet

Strange Days – Symposium Postponed.

Strange days. How quickly everything is changing. And how quickly this tumult becomes the new normal. The Dartmouth symposium is postponed for a year. We will let you know the new date when it is set. In the meantime, above is a link to a short video that we were planning to show at the symposium. It

Growing in the Soil

Over 600 farms have applied to be part of the Real Organic Project. We wanted to share a few highlights from the many incredible farmers who have courageously spoken out about reclaiming the integrity of Organic. Please share with others! Healthy Soil • Healthy Food • Healthy Planet

Dear Regenerative Movement: Meet The Organic Movement

We welcome two guest writers this week: Arran Stephens and Dag Falck. Arran is the cofounder of Nature’s Path with his wife, Ratana. Dag is their Organic Program Manager. Arran and Dag have a great depth of knowledge about organic agriculture. Arran is also a long-time activist fighting for transparency and integrity in our food system. Two years

CCOF Board Meeting Takes on (Pet Tiger) Hydroponics

CCOF Board Meeting Takes On (Pet Tiger) Hydroponics Our “Know Your Farmer” video this week comes from Park Farming Organics. I got to hear co-owner Scott Park speak at EcoFarm last month. He gave an inspiring keynote about their soil health practices on their innovative farm. We all left inspired about the possibilities for real

California Protecting Organic

This Tuesday, Feb 18th will be the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) annual board meeting. Concerned farmers are invited to express their hopes for reform. The hydroponic discussion at the board meeting is the result of an invitation from CCOF’s CEO, Kelly Damewood. Organic pioneer Dru Rivers stood up last month at the end of our

California Rising

An amazing thing happened after I finished giving my talk at EcoFarm last month. Dru Rivers got up and called for people to speak out at the next CCOF board meeting. I had just finished speaking on a panel with Anne Ross and Lisa Bunin in a workshop called, “How Can You Mend A Broken

Know Your Farmer | Park Farming Organics

Park Farming Organics, California Images in this video courtesy of Park Farming Organics Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a farmer? YesNo Know Your Farmer | Park Farming Organics, California Brian Park: I have kids, and I want them to grow up

Call to Action | CCOF Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day 2020

CCOF Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, February 18th, 2020 Sacramento, California Join Dru Rivers and many other farmers at this year’s CCOF Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day in Sacramento to speak up about keeping soil-based farming at the heart of organic! Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last

Hydroponic Tour In California

EcoFarm is a compelling conference, especially for a sheltered East Coast boy. I have never toured California agriculture before this conference. We drove around the Coastal Valley in buses to visit three farms. The first one was a certified “organic” hydroponic operation. The tour organizers made clear to me that this trip was not intended

Know Your Farmer | Durst Organic Growers

Durst Organic Growers, California Jim Durst, farm director at Durst Organic Growers, was a member of the California organic certification board when the organic standards for CCOF were first being debated and written. In his “Know Your Farmer” video, Jim explains that agriculture should be built upon the premise that the soil brings us life.

Real Organic Project Farmers In California

This week we are sharing a great “Know Your Farmer” video of a California pioneer: Frey Vineyards. I got to visit with Katrina Frey at the EcoFarm Conference. Katrina and her husband, Jonathan, and daughter Eliza, are Real Organic Project pilot farmers who got certified with us last year. The video shows their spectacular vineyard,

Know Your Farmer | Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards, California The Frey family has been farming in Redwood Valley, California since 1980. Eliza Frey, winemaker at Frey Vineyards, says that healthy and diverse soil profiles are the basis of their wine quality. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a

Real Organic In California

Real Organic In California Okay, not a short letter… Sorry. The Real Organic Project is immensely busy this Winter. We are getting more farmers applying for ROP certification every day. We have now gotten over 400 farms applying or accepted for certification with ROP. We have gotten 175 farm applications in the last two weeks

Know Your Farmer | JSM Organics

JSM Organics, California Javier has spent the past eight years creating his farm, JSM Organics, California with a mission to provide his community with high quality organic food that is both affordable and accessible. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a

Can Real Organic Farming Reduce Climate Change and Enhance Biodiversity

Can Real Organic Farming Reduce Climate Change and Enhance Biodiversity? By Jean-Paul Stewart-Courtens I will start off with a somber fact; agriculture has a terrible reputation for its impact on the environment. The displacement of hunting and gathering by farming caused tremendous disruption on our planet. Desertification and the loss of biodiversity are but two

Know Your Farmer | Hawthorne Valley Farm

Hawthorne Valley, New York Spencer Fenniman of Hawthorne Valley Farm in New York’s Hudson Valley talks about real organic farming and biodynamic practices. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a farmer? YesNo Know Your Farmer | Hawthorne Valley Farm, New York

My Agricultural Grandparents by Eliot Coleman

  Eliot Coleman will be one of the keynote speakers at the Real Organic Project symposium at Dartmouth on April 3 & 4. In 2019, ROP Associate Director Linley Dixon visited Eliot and Barbara Damrosch at their farm in Maine. Above is her her great interview with Eliot in his library. When we suggested that

The Return Of The Light

In the dark of the year, we celebrate the return of the light. That is exactly what the Real Organic Project is about. We are bringing the light back to organic after the crisis in the National Organic Program. The word “crisis” is based on the Greek word “krisis,” meaning “decision.” We are at a

Pete’s Greens and Dartmouth Symposium

Pete’s Greens And Dartmouth Symposium Our Know Your Farmer video this week is Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, VT. Farmer Pete Johnson has built one of the Northeast’s leading organic vegetable farms. His CSA based farm grows a profusion of vegetables. He is remarkably innovative and always hard working. His many farming ideas have spread to

Know Your Farmer | Pete’s Greens

Pete’s Greens, Vermont   Pete Johnson has been growing vegetables for most of his life and has been selling them for just as long. Today, Pete’s Greens is one of Vermont’s largest-scale growers with a CSA that gets delivered to 25 sites across the state. He’s also a strong, respected voice within the national organic

Legend Organic Farm And NOSB Testimony

Legend Organic Farm and NOSB Testimony We were happy to certify Legend Organic Farm as part of the Real Organic Project this summer. The iconic organic cereal company, Nature’s Path, created Legend Organic Farm to explore and demonstrate the best of organic grain farming. It is a “Think And DO Tank”. Located in Saskatchewan, Canada,

Know Your Farmer | Legend Organic Farm

Legend Organic Farm, Saskatchewan Real Organic Project interview with farmer Stuart McMillan of Legend Organic Farm Saskatchewan and Dag Falck of Nature’s Path. You can read Legend Organic and NOSB Testimony here, the accompanying newsletter that featured this video from December 1, 2019. Legend Organic Farm, Saskatchewan Stuart McMillan: It is more than simply the

Cheap Food High Costs

Cheap Food High Costs This week’s Know Your Farmer video of Skokomish Valley Farm details the success that results from many people working together toward a common vision. The organic movement has a deep history of decentralized, small and productive farms that are vital to economic, social, and environmental health. But there is a false

Know Your Farmer | Skokomish Valley Farms

Skokomish Valley Farms, Washington   Paul Miller of the cooperatively owned and managed Skokomish Valley Farms, Washington speaks of the benefits of growing in soil, the challenges under the current USDA organic label, and his history as a fighter jet pilot and gardener. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address *

Organic AND Pastured Eggs

Organic AND Pastured Eggs https://therealorganicproject.wistia.com/medias/h1bl4lr1kw It’s nearly impossible to find a grocery store egg from hens that are BOTH: Certified Organic AND truly pastured. Yet, this is what most organic egg consumers WANT. Instead, we find USDA Organic eggs that come from confined chickens, OR “pastured” claims from chickens that are likely fed conventional grain.

May The Fork Be With You

May The Fork Be With You The following is a reprint of an article I wrote that appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Health Science. It is reprinted with their permission. I have added pictures: Albert Howard made a radical observation. When farmers returned all the agricultural wastes to their fields and grew cover

5th Generation Dairy In Crisis

Bob Bansen and his family milk 200 cows on 470 acres of pasture in Oregon. Their organic farm, Emerald Veil Jerseys, is a 5th generation family farm. In his “Know Your Farmer” video, Bansen reveals that he might not be in business long enough to pass down the dairy farm to the 6th generation. The

Of The People, By The People, For The People

This is a long letter. I apologize. Please forgive me. It is another important but complicated subject. Before I begin, let me present our Know Your Farmer video for this week. Appropriately it is an inspiring video of Jesse Buie at Ole Brook Organics in Jackson, Mississippi. I am very happy to share this video,

Know Your Farmer | Emerald Veil Jerseys

Emerald Veil Jerseys, Oregon Bob Bansen is a fourth-generation dairyman farming at Emerald Veil Jerseys, Oregon with his son and family. They milk a 200-cow herd and manage 500 acres of organic pasture. Bob’s favorite day of the year is in spring when the cows are set out to pasture and reunited with grass after

Know Your Farmer | Ole Brook Organics

Ole Brook Organics Mississippi Jesse Buie of Ole Brook Organics Mississippi, is a certified organic farmer and National Organic Standards Board member. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a farmer? YesNo Ole Brook Organics Mississippi Jesse Buie: The Real Organic Project

Know Your Farmer | Misty Meadows Farm

Misty Meadows Farm, Washington Mark and Melissa Moeller raise organic poultry on pasture with love at Misty Meadows Farm, Washington. Read more about the struggles they and other real organic poultry farmers face in our November 2019 newsletter, Organic AND Pastured Eggs. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First

Know Your Farmer | Footprint Farm

Footprint Farm, Vermont Taylor and Jake Mendell of Footprint Farm Vermont share their thoughts on finding the right words to describe their farming practices to customers in the changing landscape of USDA organic. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a farmer?

Agricultural Efficiencies

Wisconsin has lost 1,654 dairy farms in the last 3 years, according to the state department of Agriculture. That’s over 20% percent of the state’s dairy farms! In response to the current crisis, Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue recently said, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.” Apparently, the proliferation

Know Your Farmer | McCluskey Brothers Farm

McCluskey Brothers Farm, Wisconsin Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last Name Zip Code Are you a farmer? YesNo Know Your Farmer | McCluskey Brothers Farm, Wisconsin Patrick, Brian, and Mary Ellen McCluskey of McCluskey Brothers Farm, Wisconsin and Shillelagh Glen Farms share their perspective on what

I Choose Farming

Greetings from Oregon as we wrap up what has been an incredible cross country road trip inspecting farms for the Real Organic Project. The grass-roots of ROP have now spread to every corner of the country and there is no doubt in my mind that we are the future of organic! I want to highlight

Know Your Farmer | Flynn Farms

Flynn Farms, Washington Savannah Flynn of Flynn Farms in Everson, WA shares her enthusiasm for farming in a food desert and for using the organic techniques she learned from her mother while growing up in Oakland and San Lorenzo, California. Never Miss a Video from the Real Organic Project! Email Address * First Name Last

The Silence Of Our Friends

One of our inspectors for Real Organic Project got a letter a few weeks ago. It brought up some important concerns that I want to address. Their letter is friendly and respectful. This is an expression of concern that deserves a response. Here is the letter we got: “While I agree with the mission of

Vermont Farmers Speak Out About USDA Organic Standards

Vermont Farmers Speak Out About USDA Organic Standards   Vermont Farmers Speak Out About USDA Organic Standards Tyler Webb, Stony Pond Farm: The intent is always about the production, about the system, about working with the soil, about nurturing the landscape; about producing food in harmony with a system that provides so many other ecosystem

The Next Generation Speaks Out

Like most Gen-Xers, I grew up learning about overwhelming environmental problems: the destruction of tropical rainforests, the pollution of our oceans, rivers and air, the disappearing ozone, and what was then called “global warming.” We were taught about these horrible acts of humanity that, as kids, we had no power to change. Of course, we

Know Your Farmer | Many Hands Farm

Many Hands Farm, Massachusetts Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge have farmed organically at Many Hands Farm, Massachusetts since 1982 and have been certified since 1987. Julie is also the Executive Director of NOFA-Mass, while Jack is the longtime publisher of The Natural Farmer, a quarterly magazine delivered to all NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) members.

Know Your Farmer | Martin Family Farm

The Martin Family Farm, Michigan   Know Your Farmer | The Martin Family Farm, Michigan Matt Martin: What organic means to me is simply taking care of Mother Earth. I farm here in Armada, Michigan, a small rural town about an hour and a half Northeast of Detroit. I have been on this farm since

Know Your Farmer | Engelbert Farms

Engelbert Farms, New York All photos courtesy of Organic Valley. Lisa and Kevin Engelbert, along with their sons Joe and John, have run Engelbert Farms in Nichols, New York organically since 1981. The family earns their income by producing milk for the Organic Valley coop, as well as from cheese, meat, and vegetable sales direct

Real Organic Project Debates OTA

Real Organic Project Debates OTA Last weekend I debated Jo Mirenda from the Organic Trade Association on the most basic of questions: “Is the USDA National Organic Program Doing its Job (protecting the values of traditional organic agriculture and meeting consumer expectations)?” I said no. It was a strange debate because Jo seemed to agree

Know Your Farmer | Village Acres Farm

Village Acres Farm, Pennsylvania Know Your Farmer: Village Acres Farm Pennsylvania Hannah Smith-Brubaker: That’s what it’s all about, right? The organic label is about building soil and there isn’t in my mind a debate about that. I’m Hannah Smith-Brubaker. Debra Brubaker: I’m Debra Brubaker. We are owners of Village Acres Farm and FoodShed in Mifflintown,

Farmers And “Organic Experts”

Jean-Martin Fortier doesn’t need to be certified with the Canadian Organic Growers. But he is. He doesn’t need to be certified with the Real Organic Project. But he is. Watch JM’s fascinating Know Your Farmer video! Selling all of his crops directly to eaters and restaurants, JM is a living example of Know Your Farmer.

Know Your Farmer | JM Fortier Ferme Quatre-Temps

Know Your Farmer | JM Fortier Ferme Quatre-Temps   Know Your Farmer: JM Fortier Ferme Quatre-Temps JM Fortier, Ferme Quatre-Temps: I’m super interested in helping with the Real Organic Project because I’m concerned about what’s happening. Frankly, I feel that some people have worked 30, 40 years promoting organic, educating people about it, being on

Do We Dare Speak Out? Organic Farmers Are Going Out of Business

Do We Dare Speak Out? I wrote an article that came out last week in the Independent Science News entitled The Hydroponic Threat to Organic Food. Co-editor Jonathan Latham forwarded several responses to me from readers. One from Mark Squire was particularly interesting to me, and I asked for permission to reprint it and respond

2019 Symposium | Onika Abraham

Onika Abraham Farm School NYC I want to invite everyone who’s here right now who it feels accessible for to stand with me just for a moment maybe stretch a little bit and just ground down your feet because what I want to do right now before I move forward in my talk and what

2019 Symposium | Dave Mortensen

I am going to do something that I every once in a while do, which is to completely deviate from what I’ve prepared. The speakers that I’ve been hearing today, this has been profound for me. I work at a university and it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of just being on a

The USDA Gives In: Evidence of Glyphosate in Organic

We don’t get many wins with the Federal government these days. But we had one last week. USDA had been allowing the use of prohibited substances for hydroponic producers just days before certification. We stopped them from allowing glyphosate and insecticides for hydro berry operations. That means there will be a little less Roundup sprayed

Instant Organic Continues To Be Allowed. Just Add Water.

It is a simple question. Is a three-year transition required for all operations in USDA organic? We finally have proof of the answer. Zero transition time means that glyphosate, malathion, and other egregious materials can be permitted the day before organic certification. With no transition time, what is there to stop some cynical hydroponic producers

2019 Symposium | Harriet Behar

Harriet Behar – National Organic Standards Board Chair Hello everyone, thank you for being here. So, I’m coming to you from the Upper Midwest. I live in Wisconsin on a small farm. I’ve been certified organic since 1989. I was one of the original people that helped start Organic Valley; I actually came up with

2019 Symposium | Jay Feldman

Good morning everybody. So, the solution I think, is in this room. And the question is, “How are we going to apply it to the mainstream on behalf of our children and our grandchildren?” The concept of pesticide reliance is not a new one to folks in this room. The question is, “How are we

2019 Symposium | Caitlin Frame

Caitlin Frame: Real Organic Dairy Farming in Maine My name is Caitlin Frame and I own and operate the Milkhouse Dairy Farm and Creamery in Monmouth Maine with my partner Andy Smith. I’m really excited to be here with you all today. My partner Andy went to college in Maine and I ended up there

2019 Symposium | Jean-Paul Courtens

Watch biodynamic farmer Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, New York speak about agricultural’s pivotal role in reversing Climate Change, why he believes no-till isn’t always the gold-standard, but can be incorporated into a mixed vegetable operation, and the importance of pasture and livestock to help heal and build soil. Jean-Paul Courtens What Have

USDA Organic Now Allows Herbicides

USDA Organic Now Allows Herbicides A few weeks ago I got to ask an important question of Jennifer Tucker, the head of the National Organic Program (NOP). “I have received reports from both Florida and California of hydroponic berry operations that are spraying herbicide, immediately covering the ground with plastic, putting pots down and then

The Truth About Real Organic Food In The Supply Chain

The Truth About Real Organic Food In The Supply Chain If you haven’t watched the previous Real Organic Project symposium speeches, get busy because we have released three more for you! Highly respected, long-time organic farmers came together to tell eaters that the organic marketplace is changing fast. They explained that eaters are losing the

To Enid With Gratitude

This week we are releasing three more recordings from the Dartmouth Symposium. Click here to view our interview with Enid Wonnacott. Enid died this winter after serving for many years as the Executive Director of NOFA VT. This was recorded at the NOFA Summer Conference in 2018. Enid was being interviewed by Lisa Stokke for

The Organic Community Gathered at Dartmouth

Last week some 200 people gathered at Dartmouth College to participate in the Real Organic Project Symposium. A third of them were organic farmers from all over the country. This group included many of the same farmers who traveled to Florida in 2017 to testify to the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board). They demanded that

Dave Chapman | Real Organic Project Symposium | Going Beyond the Battle for Organic with the USDA

Last week some 200 people gathered at Dartmouth College to participate in the Real Organic Project Symposium. A third of them were organic farmers from all over the country. This group included many of the same farmers who traveled to Florida in 2017 to testify to the NOSB (National Organic Standards Board). They demanded that

Eliot Coleman Keynote | Real Organic Project Symposium

This is Eliot Coleman coming to you from Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. I was given good advice many years ago about what to do if I was the final speaker at a day-long conference. I was told to begin with a few humorous anecdotes, make one last salient point about the issue, tell

Know Your Farmer | Hobbs and Meyer Farms

Hobbs and Meyer Farms, Colorado   “We’ve got this tradition all throughout agricultural history in North America of having to step up at different times to counter these corporate interests that want to take land, take water, take our resources, take our markets… And when needed, farmers come together. And this seems to be one

Dear Sonny Perdue – Do Better!

“We’ve got this tradition all throughout agricultural history in North America of having to step up at different times to counter these corporate interests that want to take land, take water, take our resources, take our markets… And when needed, farmers come together. And this seems to be one of those times,” begins Real Organic

EcoFarm 2019: As The Community Gathers, Resilience Is Fertile

I attended my first EcoFarm Conference last week. I was invited to talk about the Real Organic Project. It was a long trip, and I wondered how I would be received. California has been the epicenter of support for certifying hydro as organic. The last time I was in California I was attending the USDA

When Cheating Industry Giants Hurt Small Farms And Local Economies

This week’s Know Your Farmer video of Howie Prussak at High Meadows Farm explains that when communities support local farms, the small farms often become the foundation of the local economy. However, if small farms struggle, as many are now, a ripple effect is felt throughout the community. Howie farms 12 acres of veggies and

USA: “A Dumping Ground for Hydroponics”

Watch Mike Brownback of Spiral Path Farm testify passionately to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) that organic farming is, and always will be, farming in healthy soils, no matter what the USDA decides! At that fateful NOSB meeting, however, the board voted against the demands from over 40 farmers to keep organic farming rooted

Know Your Farmer | Spiral Path Farm

Spiral Path Farm, Pennsylvania   Know Your Farmer: Spiral Path Farm, Pennsylvnaia Mike Brownback grows organic produce on 300 acres near Harrisburg, PA with his wife Terra and sons Lucas and Will at Spiral Path Farm, relying on trusted soil building techniques for over 30 years. He is passionate about not allowing hydroponic fruits and

Current NOSB Member Joins Real Organic Project

Steve Ela has one goal: Produce great tasting organic fruit without society subsidizing the costs of his farming operation. Steve Ela, of Ela Family Farms, is a respected member of the National Organic Standards Board. He is also a board member of the Real Organic Project. His Colorado orchard is a Real Organic Project Pilot

Know Your Farmer | Ela Family Farms

Ela Family Farms, Colorado   Steve Ela of Ela Family Farms Colorado shares how he manages his organic perennial fruit orchard with a holistic eye. Grateful for the long view that a multi-year crop like trees gives the grower, Steve and family implement highly sophisticated low-impact practices that “benefit the commons” rather than polluting. Steve

Know Your Farmer | Milkhouse Farm

Milkhouse Farm, Maine   Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith of the Milkhouse Dairy Farm and Creamery in Monmouth, Maine talk about having their contract terminated by Horizon, the largest supplier of organic milk in North America. The recent and wide-spread sweep of contract terminations against small, family farms by companies like Horizon and Stonyfield is

Organic Wisdom: Taste The Soil At Full Belly Farm

The profound wisdom of organic farmers is to embrace the complexity of natural systems. Organic farmers choose to support these intricate webs of life. They know they can’t possibly replicate the interactions of the soil food web in a feedlot or in a container. Our featured pilot farm this week is Full Belly Farm outside

Know Your Farmer | Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm, California Full Belly Farm grows over 80 different organic crops on 400 acres of land in northern California. With a sharp focus on biodiversity, the farm plants large swaths for pollinators and produces their own fertility on-site by cover cropping. Multiple generations share ownership and manage year-round labor on the farm. Listen

Know Your Farmer | Roxbury Farm

Roxbury Farm, New York Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm operate a 400 acre integrated family farm in the North Hudson Valley of New York. Each year they grow 30 acres of vegetables and 30 acres of cover crops and practice rotational grazing with their livestock. Through skilled management they have doubled the

What Does USDA Organic Mean Today

Why the Real Organic Project exists: The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and pasture-raised products under USDA organic. In response to the lack of enforcement of some vital USDA Organic standards to protect soil health and animal welfare, organic farmers rallied together to fight to protect the integrity of

Know Your Farmer | Radiance Dairy

Radiance Dairy, Iowa Organic dairy farmer, soil scientist, and former National Organics Standards Board member Francis Thicke owns Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, Iowa. He offers scientific insight into how rich prairie soils can be built through proper management of rotational grazing. He also shares his concerns with the integrity of the USDA Organic label when

Greener Pastures: Can We Save Organic?

A question that we constantly face is whether talking openly about the failures of the National Organic Program will undermine the organic movement? By telling people the truth of what is happening, are we destroying organic or saving it? Would it be better to stay silent and hope that things get better? This strategy of

Know Your Farmer | High Meadows Farm

High Meadows Farm Vermont   Farmer Howard Prussack describes his mixed veggie operation, High Meadows Farm, Vermont and his love for growing food in the soil. He uses techniques such as cover cropping and landscape fabric to keep the soil covered on his hilly acreage. Organic matter in his soil has increased significantly in the

Know Your Farmer | Wheatfield Hill Organics

Wheatfield Hills Organics, Wisconsin Wisconsin farmer Helen Kees and her grandson Robert Winkler of Wheatfield Hill Organics share their views on family farming, the permaculture crops and rotational grazing methods they use, as well as the profound appreciation they’ve developed for the diverse ecosystem that is their farm.

Know Your Farmer | Three Springs Farm

Three Springs Farm, Oklahoma National Organic Standards board member Emily Oakley and her husband Mike Appel discuss their views on the recent changes in the USDA Organic label and why they’ve chosen to pursue the Real Organic Project’s add-on label for Three Springs Farm near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Farmers Assemble to Reclaim Integrity for Organic Standards

The Real Organic Project launches to create transparency in organic food and farming practices. For Release Contact: Blair Fitzgibbon, 202-503-6141, blair@soundspeedpr.com
 As the integrity of the USDA organic standards erode, a broad coalition of organic farmers and advocates have formed the Real Organic Project. The nonprofit is working to promote the practices of traditional organic

Real Organic Project Pilot Program

The Real Organic Project was formed in January of 2018 to educate, promote, and advocate for traditional biological farming, which has come to be called “Organic Farming.” The Real Organic Project is intended to fill the void left by failures of integrity, transparency, and public process in the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). As the

Real Organic Project Add On Label

Since my last letter to you on February 16, a lot has happened! Here’s a quick update on where we are now, what’s coming up in March, and something you can do now that will help our friends at the Cornucopia Institute. —Dave p.s. if you’re new to these letters: I’m Dave Chapman, organic farmer

The Real Organic Project is born

Dear Friends of Organic, I just wanted to let you know that the Real Organic Project has been born. I’d like to review the past and take a look at the future of certified organic farming. If you care about organic, please forward this letter to your friends. The Past It has not been a

The Night They Drove Organic Down

And all the bells were ringing. The Organic Movement: Try. Fail. Fail again. Fail better. A call to action from an organic moderate.     Jacksonville Looking back on the USDA meeting in Jacksonville, I am left with anger, grief, and a sense of urgency that we keep moving forward. The meeting of the National

How long could your community feed itself?

|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT| Your weekly update from the Real Organic Project is here FEED THE SOIL, FEED THE PLANET View this email in your browser (|ARCHIVE|) Know Your Farmer | Happy Hollow Farm Watch Happy Hollow Farm’s “Know Your Farmer” Video (https://realorganicproject.org/know-your-farmer-happy-hollow-farm/) Hi |FNAME|, Liz Graznak wanted to farm her own land. But, it took her nearly

Can Real Organic Scale?

Can Real Organic Scale? At the Real Organic Project, we don’t shy away from asking tough questions. To till or not to till? Are “split-farms” (part certified organic, part not certified organic) justified? Can Real Organic be scaled up? These are just a few of the topics heavily debated by our farmers. Scale has been a

2019 Symposium | Cameron Molberg

Dave Chapman: Okay so the next speaker is Cameron Molberg and Cameron serves on the Standards Board at the Real Organic Project. He is a poultry farmer from Texas. And I will say that Cameron was invaluable as we worked on creating animal welfare standards, which which we needed to do because the ones on

Paul Hawken Pt 2: In Favor Of Complex Systems

The Real Organic Podcast, Episode #099 Paul Hawken Pt 2: In Favor Of Complex Systems Our Paul Hawken interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Welcome! You can subscribe and download episodes of our show through your favorite podcast app, including: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and many others. To find us,