You are now about to witness the strength of real food. Organic gardener Joanne Rhode is my family friend and neighbour at our cabin at Turtle Lake. She and her husband Sam live there and have both a lakefront cabin (sigh...so lovely) and a farm. They recently retired from certified organic cattle farming and operating an organic market garden. For 'retirees' they still accomplish more in a day than I, though! Come along with me, my friend Alexis and my mom Teri, to walk through Joanne's massive garden at the farm to learn about how to grow real, healthy food.
"It’s argued that organic gardens are impractical, expensive, and somewhat strange. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the way our great grandparents gardened, the way food was raised for thousands of years before the invention, wide-spread use, and deceptive advertising of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. True, it may cost a bit more as you wean your lawns and gardens from their harmful chemical addictions. But in the long run, as you upgrade your soil quality, apply compost you’ve made yourself, and utilize practical, sustainable gardening practices, your costs will go down. Going organic is not a compromise. Done right, it yields healthy, more vigorous growth and more bountiful harvests compared to commercially-centered growing. And the peace of mind you’ll gain as you remove known carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, petroleum byproducts, and mysterious and often dangerous inert ingredients from your lawns and landscapes? Priceless." - from http://www.planetnatural.com/organic-gardening-guru/
Joanne's husband, Sam, built an elk fence around the perimeter of the garden to keep out all manner of critters who might eat the garden...including bears and deer. We were in the middle of the bush and felt quite safe and peaceful in Joanne's little piece of paradise. Comment below if you have any questions about how to convert your gardening practices to organic. She'd love to help.