Sorry, I’m changing things up on you today. I know I said I would talk about GMOs in today’s post, but as I was going through my notes, I felt it would be better to present my information in a more logical way (yup, there I go again – organizing and such).
Since my previous topics were more “natural” or “organic” in nature, I thought it would be best to close out the “natural” portion of my main topic (Demystifying Seed Company Terminology) today then start with the “man-engineered” portion tomorrow. Don’t you just love it when it all comes together, or is it just me? Any hoo, let’s move on to…
What does ecologically grown mean? Here again is a term that can mean a number of things to a number of people and is not an officially defined word (like “Organic”).
Throughout my travels on the internet, I did find some consistencies around the meaning of this term. Most did openly claim that they were different from “Organic” but rather they are “ecologically” responsible.
Here is my summarized version of the “collective” definition:
- minimal use of pesticides/fungicides
- most pesticides/fungicides used are approved for organic production
- use biological disease controls
- If chemical treatments are used (last resort) – use the least toxic and least environmentally disruptive products available to growers
- Use green manures and soil testing (for fertilization process)
- Strive to grow healthy plants without excess fertilizers
- Augment soil’s natural fertility
- NOTE: The terms sustainably grown and sustainable are frequently used in conjunction with the term Ecologically Grown
In addition to seed growers and orchards following these ecological practices, there are several various organizations in support of ecologically grown methods. I’ve listed a couple of organizations below:
- CalCAN (California Climate and Agriculture Network)
“Augments existing sustainable agriculture and environmental policy efforts by providing coalition to address state agriculture policy from a climate protection perspective”
- EcoFarm – Ecological Farming Association
OMRI and OMRI Seeds
OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) “provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing.”
So when you’re looking for an approved product to use in your certified organic garden or orchard… look for the OMRI Listed® label. Only reviewed and acceptable products that meet the National Organic Standards receive this approval label.
(Note: there are over 2,100 approved products listed within OMRI product database)
In addition to various products approved for certified organic use, OMRI also provides a single place to find commercially available organic seeds and planting stock. On their website, they have an extensive database listing of certified organic seeds and nursery stock, as well as supplier information.
Bee Friendly Farming
Aside from the cute little bee emblem I found on various seed company websites, this is such an important topic. The emblem showed me that someone is aware enough to try to do their part to support our bees!
After clicking on the emblem, I was presented with a couple of easy to read pages and a simple application to become a certified “Bee Friendly Farm”. This designation is more about showing your support than anything else.
Bee Friendly Farming is an initiative that helps to provide consumer recognition and support for helping our bee populations. They recognize those who provide a suitable bee habitat for honeybees and native pollinators and ask that you support bees by buying farm products and local honey bearing the “Bee Friendly Farming” logo. That’s it! Simple.
Now for a little fun…
Pinny and Her Toys
Toy #2: Wubba
We had a little help with the name on this one. The maker of this toy embroidered the name “Wubba” on the front of it (it’s hard coming up with a name sometimes). This actually is Wubba #2. Pinny quickly ripped a big hole in Wubba #1, but this one seems to be lasting longer. Her “Grandma” gave her this toy a little over a week ago and its been about a year since Wubba #1 met its untimely end. Only time will tell if we need to get Wubba #3 or retire it forever :)
This is what happens after we stop playing with Pinny… she gets persistently impatient…
I’ll chat with you later. Have a great evening!
The Artistic Desert Gardener