Welcome to The Good Dirt, Episode 28!
In this special live episode, Mary and Emma talk with Ellen Polishuk, an organic vegetable farmer for 25 years and now a teacher and consultant for those in the farming business. Ellen speaks from years of experience as both a grower and a consumer on food sustainability, including topics such as organic certification, composting, GMO’s, soil basics, eating locally, community supported agriculture and the potential for a world in which everyone is well fed and farmers can earn a living. This episode is full of great information for anyone who grows or eats food!
Listen to our conversation below!
8:40 – Ellen introduces herself
13:50 – Changes in the organic agricultural industry
18:40 – What is organic certification?
29:00 – What is non GMO, what is GMO?
33:00 – Importance of healthy soil
42:00 – Local or Organic?
45:30 – Growing your own food and Composting
51:50 – Are animals worth the cost for labor on your farm?
01:02:00 – Advice for aspiring farmers
LINKS & RESOURCES
Correction @ 25:45 – Glyphosate was patented as an antibiotic in 2010, not 2014
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