ORGANIC FARMING

ORGANIC FARMING

FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET HEALTH

Conventional farming and food production practices are creating serious environmental and public health problems. Only from what is made public, we know we are confronting periodically with serious challenges: cancer-causing pesticides on foods, the rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant diseases, or contaminated drinking water.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Behind all this, farmers declare one and do another. That is how products that are genetically modified, with much higher levels of pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics than said or legal get to our table every day. We feed them to ourselves and our children, relying on the label notifications and “natural” word all over de place. Well, “natural” is neither legally classified or certified, nor real.

Thankfully, we have an alternative: organic. Studies after studies show organic food is better for our health, and organic farming is better for our environment. And lands in Romania are still proper for organic farming.

Benefits of Organic Farming

  • higher levels of antioxidants
  • far fewer, if any, pesticide residues

  • far less energy consuming
  • reduces water pollution

  • increases biodiversity
  • promotes healthy soils

In Firiteaz we’ve been doing organic farming for more than 16 years now, on 1000ha of land, producing and manufacturing:

  • ancient cereals (rye, wheat, einkorn, spelt, emmer, oats, barley)
  • medicinal plants for tea (marigold, cornflower, thyme, lavender, sage, mint, yarrow, elderflower, horsetail), handpicked, flower by flower, and naturally dried, in the shadow
  • mustard (processed as various assortments)

From planting and harvesting, to processing and packing, we are sustainable and in harmony with nature. We do this at Biofarmland, but also engage in agricultural endeavors in home gardens, small businesses vegetable farms and orchards. And we aim to expand it to more homes and families interested in organic farming and organic food processing, by supporting them know how and leading them in the whole process.

HOW WE DO IT AT BIOFARMLAND

Even since the beginning of our organic farming, we have been following the principle “quality before quantity”. The soil is the basis of food production and therefore the basis of our life. We have to take care of it. Therefore we work our soil without a plow and organic.

Our aim is to have maximal yields in a sustainable manner. A long term achievement of producing grains, where our soil fertility is maintained and even improved. And this without the use of mineral fertilizers.

Crop Rotation

Our crop rotation begins with two years of white clover, that build the basis for natural fertilizer as well as for a healthy buildup of the soil. The third year we cultivate wheat, then oats or barley in the fourth, and spelt-wheat or rye in the fifth year. This way of cultivating is what we think would be ideal regarding crop rotation. But it is important for the land that the crops be modified specifically to every plot depending on its state of the soil.

 

It is our aim, to decrease the number of mechanical vehicles passing through the fields, i.e. mulch-seeding of cereals into the clover.  In this case, already in the second year, a harvest can be expected, with the same positive impact as the clover/grass mixture.

Ploughless Agriculture

The ploughless system maintains the natural set-up and structure of the soil, which is the living room for the earthworm and many other important soil microorganisms. Therefore the soil is slacked in a depth to maximal 5 cm. With that, high earthworm populations can be achieved, which makes the soil more fertile and work on it more natural and efficient. A good earthworm population can dissolve plough compressions and other soil compressions in the long-term. A healthy soil saves and infiltrates water, reduces pollutants, recycles without losses and produces our food. It is crumbly, rich in humus and alive. (more…)

Our agriculture enhances, so, rather than diminishes the fertility of the soil and the biodiversity of our ecosystem. So let us all go forward with nature, support organic farmers, start cultivating your garden, because on the long term, going forward with Nature in a natural way is the only way anyway!

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