It’s time for NOFA’s Spring Bulk Order

NOFA Spring Bulk OrderFarmers, gardeners and landscapers can save money and support the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) though our 2014 Spring Bulk Order. We take orders for cover crop seed, fertilizers, mineral amendments, compost, potting soil, potato and allium seed from January 1 through January 31.

Each year, NOFA organizes a bulk order with popular suppliers for distribution at sites in Cranston, RI, western, central and eastern MA and central CT. Farmers, gardeners and landscapers realize significant savings through group purchasing power and collective shipping, while helping NOFA support organic practices throughout the Tri-State region. The order is open to NOFA members and non-members. There is no minimum or maximum order.

NOFA recommends farmers and gardeners start planning now. Get a soil test and request recommendations. Learn more about soil tests here. The 2014 Bulk Order will only be available through January 31. Get your 2014 order form here.

2014 suppliers will include:

Vermont Compost - Bulk Order - smallRhode Island orders can be picked-up at Urban Edge Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston during the week of March 11. Allium & tuber seed will be ready for pick-up the week of April 1, 2014.

Learn more about Spring Bulk Orders here.

For Safety and Quality

The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.

This new study from Seattle reports that school children eating conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are more likely to exceed EPA safety thresholds for organophosphate pesticides than children eating organic produce. Simple choices by parents can have a big impact on pesticide exposures. “This study demonstrates that dietary choice can have a significant effect on children’s pesticide exposure. To our knowledge, no other studies have tested this hypothesis. Our finding that children who consume primarily organic produce exhibit lower pesticide metabolite levels in their urine than children who consume conventional produce is consistent with known agricultural practice, since organic foods are grown without pesticides. Consumption of organic produce represents a relatively simple means for parents to reduce their children’s pesticide exposure.”

The heart of the analysis shows that DMTP levels in children eating organic foods were significantly lower than those eating conventional foods:

DMTP values averaged 9 times higher in children eating a conventional diet.

Two studies have found that children fed organic diets experienced significantly lower organophosphorus pesticide exposure than children fed conventional diets.Although the researchers did not collect health outcome data in this study, they concluded “it is intuitive to assume that children whose diets consist of organic food items would have a lower probability of neurologic health risks.”

A 2010 study associated these pesticides with an increased risk for ADHD. A 2007 study found that consumption of organic milk is associated with a decrease in risk for eczema, although no comparable
benefit was found for organic fruits, vegetables, or meat.

It has never been easier to shop for organic food, and there has never been so much choice. Every food category now has an organic alternative. It’s also common sense; organic food is good food.
Good to eat, good for the environment, good for the small-scale farmers and the farm workers who produce it.

By eating organic food you are providing the healthiest choice for your family and supporting the farms that provide us with healthy and ecological neighborhoods.