What is “Organic” Anyway?

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
– Wendell Berry

The word “organic,” as we use it here, comes from organic agriculture. The ideas and methods of organic agriculture have been developed over the last 60 years through a rich exchange among farmers, researchers and activists all over the world.

The mission of our Organic Land Care Program is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the landscapes where people spend their daily lives.

The primary goals of organic land care are:

Maintaining soil health.
Building healthy soil that can support diverse soil life as well as strong growth of healthy grass.

Eliminating the use of synthetic, toxic chemicals.
No synthetic pesticides, including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. No synthetic fertilizers. No genetically engineered organisms.

Maintaining good cultural practices.
Encouraging the growth of healthy grass and plants and reduce the need for irrigation and other inputs.

The word “organic” can be misleading and vague. For us it means putting nature in charge, she’s the best mother you could ask for your lawn, plants & trees!

We at Usher Plant Care are NOFA accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. To find out more about our organic promise, browse Northeast Organic Farming Association‘s organic land care site.

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