The Changing face of Organic? I’ve been interfacing with Organic for 50 years. It’s a little scary to say you have been thinking about anything for half a century, but I did first learn about Organic from my grandfather about 50 years ago. He was a WWI vet who became an avid “victory gardener.” By the time I was eight or ten I would help him tend his vegetables or turn his compost pile. This was in the early 60s, and my grandpa subscribed to “Organic Gardening Magazine” published by the Rodale Institute. The organic growing system he explained to me was focused on the importance of building and maintaining a healthy soil. He did this by incorporating manure and composted kitchen scraps. As I grew older it also became my job to mow his lawn, always saving the clippings to use as mulch around the tomatoes, squash or sweet corn.
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