All posts tagged: NOFA

BEYOND ORGANIC: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY? For Boomtown Table

In the 1970s, each of the United States determined organic standards based on regional limitations and production practices. But the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 claimed too much variability existed across state lines, and by 2000, the USDA had developed standardized national organic certification standards. Now, disparities many consumers aren’t aware of exist among the quality of (and ethics behind) organic food available through farmers markets, directly from farms, and from big chain grocers. Fast forward a quarter of a century to 2017, and we’re left wondering who those labeling and certifying regulations protect: is it the consumers, local farmers and small businesses, or big organic corporations? And at what cost? The big question for everyone today is whether to certify or not – and why? Photo by Steve Carter, Social Strategist for Boomtown Table FOR FARMERS PRACTICING ABOVE AND BEYOND ORGANIC STANDARDS, THEY SAY LITTLE MOTIVATING INCENTIVE EXISTS FOR THEM TO CERTIFY – AND OUR INTERVIEWEES AGREED: IF ANYONE SHOULD BE UPHELD TO CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, IT IS THE FARMERS USING GMOS AND PESTICIDES IN THEIR GROWING.  …

Visiting Rochester’s Brighton Farmer’s Market 

Fresh live foods + local vendors + spending $$$ locally + less fossil fuels + organic = Rochester’s Brighton Farmer’s Market.                This past Sunday, Kath, Milan and I strolled over to Rochester’s Brighton Farmer’s Market. Kath wanted to see her fave local growers and I wanted to meet more Rochestarians doing the local growing and food purveying thing… Win, win for both of us. As for Milan, her highlights were hot cocoa from the Java’s Coffee Truck and posting up in front of the band for dancey dance time! When I think about food and the experience I hope to appreciate surrounding it, Brighton’s Sunday market really steps up. The best way to bring food into your home if you don’t grow it yourself is when it’s still alive- the growers I met, along with our friend John of Bolton Farms all offer lush plant foods plucked-from-their-fields within hours of arrival. The W O R D S we live by were all present too… Non-GMO, organic, sustainable, local, biodynamic, certified by NOFA, grass-fed, free-pasture-raised, …