One Town Farm is committed to growing the healthiest leafy/micro greens in Colorado.
For those people who want to eliminate Pesticides and/or Organicides from their diet, we have chosen to grow our crops in a greenhouse environment.
- Physical Barrier vs. Chemical barrier: If farmers are growing enough of one crop to make it economically viable, they will undoubtedly run into problems with insects and other pests. Traditionally, chemicals, in the form of pesticides, insecticides, miticides, etc., are sprayed on these crops to make them unpalatable to the insects that feed on them. Humans and insects are both living organisms so it’s understandable why people are starting to become more sensitive to the chemicals in their food supply.
- Is there an alternative to using chemicals? Yes. The alternative to a chemical barrier is a physical barrier. We grow in greenhouses that are specifically engineered to keep all bugs and insects outside and away from our crop.
- Not all greenhouses are created alike though. It has taken significant time and resources to build a growing environment that can protect the crop from pest pressure. From the design of our foundation walls to use of micro-mesh, screens, and gap seals on our perimeter structure, we are using solutions people can trust and understand.
- Organic doesn’t mean pesticide free: Despite popular belief, just because a product is labeled “organic” does not mean it’s pesticide free. According to USDA rules, farmers are allowed to use “natural” pesticides and some “synthetic” pesticides on their organic crops. Here are a few links to articles that discuss the nuances between conventional and organic produce.
Although we don’t agree with all the opinions shared by the authors below, we do agree that pesticides are a big part of our food supply. One Town Farm wants to try and change that reality by offering a 100% pesticide free alternative to Colorado consumers.
Pesticides are hurting Bee Populations: Due to an alarming decline in US bee populations over the last decade, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a widely covered topic in the media. Bees are responsible for pollinating nearly 1/3rd of our total food supply, so the loss of the honeybee is a very serious issue.
It has been speculated that pesticides are to blame, but it was only recently that scientific research has started to confirm this theory. In a 2012 and 2014 study by the Harvard School Of Public Health, researchers linked low doses of neonicotinoid pesticides to Colony Colapse Disorder. Here are links to the study and information on neonicotinoids:
We maintain healthy and happy bee hives on the farm as a reminder to the importance of furthering pesticide free and pesticide responsible agricultural practices. We hope you enjoy some of the pictures of our bees and we encourage you to learn more about them and other pollinating insects.