Organic Farmers are Climate Heroes

 

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Buying Organic = Climate Action

Organic farmers foster healthy soils, which are both a founding principle of organic production and key to fighting climate change. 

In addition to prohibiting harmful pesticides, organic farmers practice crop rotation, cover cropping, adding green manures and compost, and other strategies to improve and maintain the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the soil.

 

 

Vermont organic agriculture...

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releases fewer greenhouse gases

Organic farmers do not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, which are known to create emissions 310 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. As farms become certified organic, we see a reduction in these dangerous emissions. 

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protects natural resources

Dangerous herbicides or toxic pesticides are not allowed on organic farms, which preserve our waterways, the environment, and our health. Organic farms support biodiversity, protecting wildlife and pollinators.

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is more resilient to extreme weather events

Organic farmers use practices that increase the organic matter in their soil. This improves the soil’s ability to hold water, which in turn improves the land’s resilience to flooding and drought.

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stores carbon

Organic farming practices build healthy soils, which are better at keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, thereby reducing the impacts of climate change. 

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is good for communities

When you buy your food from a Vermont organic farm, you are investing in local food security. Organic farms contribute to vibrant and strong communities. 

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Vermont organic farming is climate-friendly farming.

Be a climate hero and buy Vermont Organic!

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1. Find local organic producers.

Find your local certified organic farms and processors and see what they're growing and making for you!

Search Our Database

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2. Buy direct.

Visiting farmers markets, farm stands, & pick-your-own farms is a great way to support Vermont's organic farmers while access the freshest food around.

FIND YOUR FARMERS

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3. Follow along.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about the ways Vermont organic farmers are fighting climate change.

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4. Learn more!

Mounting research shows the benefits of implementing organic farming practices as a solution to climate change. Learn more about what practices matter and why.

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This project is sponsored by the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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