|What a concept, eh? Real food that is
produced in a way that is sustainable to the farm it grew at, is
clean of GMO's, synthetic pesticides or
herbicides, picked and sold within hours not weeks and is grown and distributed close to home by folks
you can get to know!
Local food makes sense for all the right reasons;
Fresh Food - Our food is not transported from clear
across the country - or the world - to your table, so it tastes
great! Kids, (and adults) will eat more vegetables if they taste
good! And, when kids see where it comes from, they are more interested in
their food, too.
Nutritionally Dense Food - Because our food is
picked ripe and not shipped for days or weeks or (gassed and stored
for months, then gassed again to make it look pretty), you get the many
health benefits of fresh foods packed with vitamins and minerals that will
nourish your body and mind! Plus, food grown in sustainable and organically
enriched soils, (generally associated with small, family farms using natural
methods), yield healthier food than crops grown in sterile, lifeless soil!
Food Security - Know that your food is being grown
safely, locally and by people who really care about you and what they are
doing. Farmers tend to live on or near their land, which means they care
about the stewardship of their land. Keeping green-spaces green for future
generations, and preserving some of our local history also preserves a part
of US history that everyone can enjoy in many ways. Plus, they and their
families EAT what they grow!
Face to Face - Shake the hand that feeds you! Be it
at market day or through our CSA, getting to know who is growing your food
is real peace of mind! You know your doctor, mechanic and dry cleaner - do
you know your farmer?
Local Economy Boost - Keep your food dollars
circulating in your own community. Eden's does NOT supplement our market
offerings or CSA shares with out-sourced foods. ALL of the food at Eden's is
locally grown/produced by us or other local farmers/ranchers/producers who
share our sustainable growing philosophies! So by purchasing food through
Eden's, you are supporting fellow Texans!
Convenience - Eden's Garden CSA Farm is located
less than 15 miles southeast of downtown Dallas 1 block off of I20 and 1
mile east of 635. We also have a weekly CSA delivery option for those living
north in the Lakewood area. Gather up a group of friends from church or the
neighborhood and additional drop sites may be added based on demand.
What is does "CLEAN" mean? A few ask if we are "certified"
organic. Well, while we don't use synthetic chemical pesticides & herbicides
and we instead, DO use natural and sustainable farming practices, take good
care of our land, raise our animals with the utmost respect and care, treat
our helpers with respect and love, nurture the environment and do many
things that would be considered "beyond organic", the USDA
has basically hijacked the word organic, passed laws saying a farm can not claim in any way to be organic
or even say they are using "organic methods", unless they pay to have a USDA
inspector come out once a year, fill out a bunch of forms and keep specific
and detailed financial and harvest
records for inspections. Like we don't have enough paperwork to do and bills
to pay!! No, I'm not kidding.
I see no sense in paying the government not to poison my
land, on the contrary, I think it would make more sense for those who contaminate the land to have to pay fees, but that is another subject.....
We network with other farmers using these same growing
principals and many of us belong to TOFGA, the state association of organic
farmers, and other organizations that
promote the "O word" way of growing. Many of us go beyond the USDA's
ever-changing and relaxing "organic
standards" anyway. Many of your smaller farms that are "clean"
(and those who do jump through the hoops to be certified) are often going
above and beyond those standards.
Open Door Policy - While we do have fences to keep
our horses in and hopefully, predators out, this is a community oriented
farm. Regular activities keep the place hopping with visitors, our
"inspectors", on a regular basis. Farm tours and other on-farm visit/use
events are available by reservation, so we can plan our work - not so we can
hide anything from you. And there are folks just like you, who volunteer to work side by side with me learning how we do things naturally
here at Eden's, and eat the same food I do. Eden's has come to have a great reputation for being a leader in the organic gardening
community for over 10 years. To me, it boils down to "know your farmer". We think this transparent policy directly with our
customers is a better way. We hope you do, too.
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Life on the Farm.
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