Sep 30, 2014

Week Fifteen

It's wild that we're 3/4 through our season. With this recent wild rain and hail, the farm has really transformed into a fall landscape. See below...

Below is a report about the essentiality of small-scale farming, thanks to BOCA member Beth Mattei.

As reported by N. Meyer at HealthWorks and other news outlets in Dec. 2013:
U.N. Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

Quoting from the article: "Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.

That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security and a Changing Climate,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world."

Here is one key message of the report:
"The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to an "ecological intensification" approach:
This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, mono-culture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.  We need to see a move from a linear to a holistic approach in agricultural management, which recognizes that a farmer is not only a producer of agricultural goods, but also a manager of an agro-ecological system that provides quite a number of public goods and services (e.g. water, soil, landscape, energy, biodiversity, and recreation."

Here is a link to the article, which also includes links to the report and other resources:

It is nice to be a part of the small-scale organic solution by supporting BOCA's CSA program!  

Please share this report with interested policy makers, scientists, farmers, teachers, friends and family you may know.

This Week's harvest:




Spaghetti Squash


Cherry Tomatoes



and more!