2 responses to Farming
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    Laura
    Comment on Farming (October 7th, 2015 at 15:00)

    I would like to buy vegtables and fruits from the Amish. I like my market I go to and they get their produce from the Amish in Texas. Please write me back and let me know if you would like to do business with me. My name is Laura Wooten and I live in Bridgeport Tx. and I have a pickup and trailer and would love to meet you and buy some nice produce to start my Market. I want my own business selling produce. The market I go to now Is…Amish Market Decatur Tx. Have a blessed day. God bless you all. Laura Wooten

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    Jerry
    Comment on Amish Farming (October 7th, 2015 at 19:56)

    Amish Farming

    I buy in season produce from Old Order Mennonites in Synder County, Pa. Most farms there do not use pesticides. Their corn often gets attacked by “corn worms” this time of year. They encourage purple martins, bats and other beneficial creatures to help with pests. They send the best looking produce to the twice weekly auctions and often sell the less than perfect goods in box lots at hugely reduced prices at the farm stand. It’s perfect for people who “can” or preserve food.

    They use very little fertilizer. $$$. They rotate crops, plow under planted rye grass and crop residue. They can often be seen at manure auctions (yes there is such a thing) where they cheaply buy by-products from poultry and dairy operations. Big trucks apply the organic material and that’s included in the auction price. Sometimes they will add lime, calcium or copper sulfate to tomatoes to combat blight.

    They also buy hybrid seeds for their vegetable farms. Many hybrids are designed to withstand pests and other conditions. Lately I’ve noticed that some are using GMO seeds for grain crops. Some are using conventional methods to grow these crops. They tend to hire local farmers to use their tractors for this purpose. Most vegetable farmers are still using horse power.

    FYI, GMO’s are plants that are tampered with to remove or add a gene to the plant’s basic structure that allows the plant to not be effected by herbicides. Mostly “Roundup”. Spray the field with Roundup before planting and perhaps once during the growing season to kill all the competing weeds for water and soil nutrients. The GMO seeds have no problem growing in this poisoned soil. Yeah this one scares me too. Those crops are then used in the production of animal proteins and ingredients we consume everyday.

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