Where can I find Amy?
Amy’s Garden is at farmers markets throughout Central Virginia. See Farmers Market schedules and locations.
Why local organic?
Avoiding harmful chemicals by eating all-organic is key to leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Read all about going organic.
Always choose organic produce! Avoiding harmful chemicals by eating all-organic is key to leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Studies have shown that organic produce contains a greater concentration of beneficial minerals and micronutrients than conventionally raised vegetables, providing you with a richer, more nourishing meal. Organic growing practices encourage planetary health as well, by boosting soil quality and biodiversity, and eschewing synthetic fertilizers, products that are manufactured from petrochemicals and often drain from farm fields and pollute surrounding areas.
As a consumer, you can use your buying power to influence the kinds of practices supported by the food industry as a whole. An organic purchase sends a definitive message to the world around you -- say 'yes' to real food!
What does it mean to be USDA Certified Organic?
A USDA Certified Organic seal is a guarantee. Certified Organic farms and farmers comply with strict production standards determined by the USDA’s National Organic Program. The rules set forth under this program do not allow the use of toxic pesticides, synthetic agricultural chemicals and fertilizers or genetically engineered seeds. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. In addition, USDA certified organic farms must actively build soil health, minimize soil erosion, rotate crops and farm animals humanely. All certified organic farms must use only approved materials that will not harm humans, animals, or soil life and all farm fields must be free of any chemicals for at least 3 years before a certified organic crop can be grown there. A USDA certified organic farm like Amy’s Garden is required to develop an organic farm management plan, keep detailed records, and be inspected annually by an accredited certification agency.
Organic production is not simply the avoidance of conventional chemical inputs, nor is it the substitution of natural inputs for synthetic ones. Organic farmers apply techniques first used thousands of years ago, such as crop rotations and the use of composted animal manures and green manure crops, in ways that are economically sustainable in today's world. In organic production, overall system health is emphasized, and the interaction of management practices is the primary concern. Organic producers implement a wide range of strategies to develop and maintain biological diversity and replenish soil fertility, ensuring healthy, productive soil for generations to come.
What is a CSA?
Want fresh vegetables, fruit and even flowers waiting for you each week? Learn how our CSA Garden Share works.