I have carved out a small spot on my land to grow food, simply because I love growing food. Other than that, the acreage is left alone to preserve its very important ecology. I have always had dirt under my feet. I grew up on a large, conventional farm. My mom made us run inside when the crop-dusters flew over. I think she was right. I still love all farmers. Conventional and otherwise. I love the politics of food. I am ultra-conservative in my growing practices because it matters to me what we put in our mouths. I am donating all proceeds from my garden to Mayo Clinic's breast cancer research.
All my growing practices are organically certifiable but I do not practice everything that the certifying agencies approve.