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"Let me talk about organic and sustainability. The simplest way I know how to put it – You can do things and be organic without being sustainable, but I don't believe you can be sustainable without being organic. And I want to come back to a fundamental difference there… A well-managed organic system is going to strive to become the primary producer of its own inputs which means it's self sustaining, as much as you can be that way. And we can't do that 100 percent no matter what we do. But we want to get as close to that as we can. And what is required to do that is always changing as that farm develops and evolves. That's one of the reasons that I listed before where we think of our own operation as still in transition…
     "Well, Community Supported Agriculture basically says you have a community of producers and consumers together and all understanding that they have a vested interest in the success of this farming operation and the food it produces. So a lot of times as a member of the CSA you're going to pay a flat rate up front that entitles you to a share of the harvest over the season that provides financing to put the crop in and get things going for the grower, without having to go out and borrow for that or try to work off cash reserves. And you are assured a continuing supply of whatever the farm has to offer. And there may be some basic things that are a part of that initial contract that you're going to grow and then there'll be a variety of other things that you may not know what you're going to get when but its when its in production at its best quality is when you'll always get it.
     "And so there's some real advantages. We belonged to a CSA when there was one close enough for a while. And you know, never being quite sure what you're going to get in that grocery basket this week and then trying to figure out how to eat it [resulted in] a lot of new experiences. But you can't buy it fresher and the quality is really good."

Dave Vetter – Sustainable Agriculture

   

Excerpts from Dave Vetter’s Interview:

Food as a Weapon?
Government Subsidies
Organic Agriculture
The Chemical Age
Organic Ag & Pests
Mining Water
Implements Through the Ages