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Going organic” is an idea as old as human civilization

From Produce to “Progress”

It’s easy to take for granted, but “organic lawn care” has been around longer than human civilization itself. In fact, agriculture is the main reason human culture—art, science, government—even exists at all.

Still, while learning to work the land may have yielded countless benefits, man’s green-thumb ambitions have also incurred significant costs, both to our species and the planet as a whole.     

As modern farming techniques grew to include more pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, so too did our approaches to lawn care. Biodiversity and natural native plants were out, homogenous grasses were in, and our yards haven’t been the same, or as healthy, ever since.

…To Pestilence

Just as you can’t gauge the wellness of a population on life expectancy alone, the image of American yards—green, flourishing, and without blemishes—doesn’t tell the whole story.

Indeed, it’s easy to make the connection between processed foods on the one hand, and pesticides on the other: Both give the illusion of being more beneficial, and more affordable, than the organic alternative, at least on the surface.

Dig a bit deeper, though, you soon discover that many of these “modern conveniences” are actually doing more harm than good. In the case of our food, those additives contribute to—and may even cause—significant health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Meanwhile, herbicides and pesticides deplete the soil’s microbial variety, demanding more maintenance (read: trips to the doctors) at increased frequency. 

…And Back Again

Luckily, the agriculture pendulum has begun to swing back towards healthier, more holistic products and practices. Thanks to reams of scientific research, we now know that healthy plants—whether deep in the woods or in your own back yard—depend on delicate, diverse interplays between countless individual organisms.

But being organic is about more than what you don’t use. For example, we specialize in 100% certified composts, compost teas, and extracts, using the life cycles of organisms within the soil as a way of keeping your lawn beautiful and healthy.

By understanding the unique biodiversity within your soil, we’re able to build custom compost mixtures to help your yard to not merely survive, but thrive—sustainably.

Our agricultural history might be mixed, but the future remains unwritten. Make your mark by going organic!

Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.

Have questions about the organic lawncare? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

From Choice to Voice

organicWe talk a lot about the importance of making greener choices, particularly as it relates to organic, pesticide-free lawn care. It might cost a bit more up front, but it’s far healthier—and cheaper—in the long run.

But what happens when the demand for green shifts from the marketplace to the public sphere?

The people of South Portland, Maine are about to find out.

Beginning May 1 of 2018, residents will no longer be allowed to use synthetic pesticides on their properties. At a recent city-sponsored meeting at South Portland High School, dozens of residents came out in support of the measure. 

The Hidden Harm of Pesticides

One of the speakers at the event was Jay Feldman, the National Director of Beyond Pesticides, who brought up an important point: It’s not just the active ingredients in pesticides that are harmful. Natural metabolites, many of which companies are not required to disclose, can also become dangerous once they mix with water, air, or other living organisms.

South Portland is far from the first city to ban pesticides. Still, the ordinance speaks to a growing trend across the country, where going green and organic is as much about citizen action as it is consumer choice.

When it comes to lawn care practices that are harmful for both people and the environment, voting with your voice is just as important as voting with your wallet—if not more so.

Being Part of That Voice

We at Heidelberg Farms are proud of the products and services we offer. We are one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program—a wonderful citizen-action group in its own right.

For our industry, going organic means never using harsh chemicals. But it’s also about the things we do use, like 100% certified composts, compost teas, and extracts, using the life cycles of organisms within the soil as a way of keeping your lawn beautiful and healthy. 

By understanding the unique biodiversity within your soil, we’re able to build custom compost mixtures to help your yard to not merely survive, but thrive—sustainably.

Have questions about the benefits of organic lawn care? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.