Published on : Apr 27, 2015
The attraction of organic farming is a huge one; however, being an organic farmer is not as simple as looking at ideal farming landscape. The process of setting up and maintain an organic farm is expensive and the profits are minimal.
In spite of the challenges, going organic in the transition time also adds to the costs, longer maturing time and even more farmers are signing up for the switch.
According the USDA association, the numbers of total certified organic farmland has increased since 1993 and the number has grown by 82.6 per cent. In the state of New Year, a clear comparison however is difficult to find. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, this state had over 800 certified organic farms, and around 150 organic farmers were exempted from certification, and around 160 were making the switch to being organic.
But according the Census conducted in 2007, the number of farms which were used for organic production was around 1100. At present, many farmers are choosing to go organic since the demand from consumers is high as they believe in its environmental and human health benefits.
However, this is a challenging process. The love of the job is the reason why small farmers continue farming, since it is more like a lifestyle. A lot of labor is involved with the process. For example, one has to weed vegetables by hand and put row covers and plan in advance to avoid pest infestation. This is necessary since organic farmers don’t use chemical fertilizers and depend on crop rotation and animals to enrich their soil instead.