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Benefits of Organic Farming

Fresh echinacea flowers growing on farm

Since our beginnings in 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been committed to supporting farmers who cultivate herbs without the use of synthetic chemicals. We seek out and foster relationships with farmers who operate in an ethically and environmentally responsible manner. In particular, our farmers support organic and sustainable agriculture, just like us! All of our crops are cultivated organically, without chemicals, and/or are consciously wildharvested. One of the most critically important components is ... soil!

Soil is a living organism made up of minerals and organic matter with the ability to sequester carbon, filter water, and reduce erosion. Maintaining and rebuilding soil health is crucial to producing food, including our botanical goodies.

 

5 Benefits of Organic Farming

  1. Keeps harmful, synthetic pesticides and herbicides off our food and out of our soil and water supply.
  2. Builds soil health by using cover crops and rotating crops, thus reducing erosion.
  3. Supports water conservation and clean waterways by eliminating toxic fertilizer runoff.
  4. Fights the effects of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide and sequestering carbon.
  5. Encourages animal welfare, biodiversity, and ecosystem resiliency.

Sign on grass saying Organic Accredited Land Care at Mountain Rose Herbs headquarters and facilities

Along with health benefits, organic and sustainable farming practices have a long list of environmental benefits researched by an array of different groups. We are proud supporters of the nonprofits and third-party organizations that research organic and conventional farming. For those with an inquisitive mind, check out these groups: Cornucopia Institute, IMO’s Fair for Life program, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Oregon Tilth, Organic Seed Alliance, The Organic Center, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Organic Consumers Association, and Pesticide Action Network.

Not only are we passionate about sourcing organic and sustainable botanicals, but we also take steps to ensure the health of our main campus here in Eugene, Oregon. We utilize organic landscaping practices and our campus is Salmon-Safe certified. We conserve water with a satellite-controlled irrigation system, maintain a pesticide-free facility, and utilize a bio-swale and pond, which naturally filters roof and pavement runoff.

 

Want to learn more about the amazing benefits of organic growing?

Read About Our Organics Journey in Turkey!

 

Organic skullcap growing fresh on the farm in dirt

Topics: Sustainability

Alyssa

Written by Alyssa on September 7, 2017

Alyssa, Sustainability Director, is our leader of all things environmental and sustainable at Mountain Rose Herbs. When she isn’t busy volunteering on local nonprofit boards and organizing fundraising events in Eugene, she can be found working in the garden with her partner, hiking and camping around the great Northwest, and exploring Oregon’s local craft beer and cider scene.