I am very interested in organic farming and have had an orchard for the past 13 years. About 10 years ago, I attended an orchard management seminar and asked about how one goes about doing farming organically. Nobody I talked to at that time knew anything about it and their only response was that it didn’t work.
Well, I didn’t want to use chemicals on my plants and orchard. I had talked to a lot of farmers and even though they used the pesticides and herbicides, they knew it was toxic and didn’t like them. One farmer even told me that he saw his cat drop dead after he licked his paw while he was out in his orchard. The chemicals are that strong.
Organic Farming is a technique used in farming without the use of any chemicals or synthetics. The aim is to produce crops which have the highest nutritional values with least impact on nature. It relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. For the last ten years I have been using these techniques.
I am now cultivating 18 acres of oranges, both navel and marrs, tangerines and grapefruit. While organically grown fruit is not as pretty as chemically treated fruit – because rust mites brown the outer peel – but it is the best tasting fruit you will ever eat!
I sell my fruit to local truckers and to patients at my dental office. Unfortunately cooperatives won’t buy my fruit because of its look. But I constantly get compliments on the incredible taste of the fruit. And this is basically why you eat fruit – the taste and the nutrients. And that is why I grow organic fruit for my family and friends and those that know it is a better product.