At Green Button Farm we believe that there is a better way to farm than the chemical status quo that has dominated the American landscape and food system during the last half century. We believe that by working with the natural rhythms of the soil, plants, people and microorganisms we can grow excellent tasting food without the environmental and health risks that can accompany chemical intensive farming practices. We always seek to meet and exceed not only the letter of the organic farming rules, but also the intent. As sustainable farmers, we never use chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides or genetically modified plants. Instead, we rely on things like compost, crop rotation and cover crops to keep our land and crops healthy and productive.
The common thread throughout societies both present and ancient is the need to eat and sustain themselves. Agricultural and culinary practices have even come to identify certain cultures and regions. Because of this our society should take pride in their food and choose carefully how and where we produce our food.
For environmental reasons we believe that it is imperative that local communities learn how to feed themselves from local and regional sources. Even though short-term economics might make it cheaper to ship perishable produce across the country, we think that in the long term our planet and our communities will be healthier if they can rely on themselves for most of their food needs. We also know that locally grown food is fresher and tastes better!
These reasons are why we support and promote the idea of the localvore diet. We strive to buy our farm’s supplies and services from local vendors whenever possible. This helps stimulate the local food economy.
The importance of preserving our region’s best farmland relates directly back to the idea of our region being able to grow its own food. Without good land, farming is next to impossible. Farmland that is paved or made into suburban houses and lawns cannot easily be returned back to a productive condition. We also think that farmland and open space contribute to the overall well being of any community. Farms and forests can be critical to preserving the purity of our water resources, they support wildlife and they provide places for hiking, biking and bird watching among other outdoor activities. We believe that every effort should be made to keep farmland from being developed, and also that mechanisms must be developed for making farmland affordable to new generations of farmers.
In the Fall of 2015, our farm donated a conservation easement to our community through the efforts of Triangle Land Conservancy. To learn more about this process please see this article in the Herald Sun.
Part of the Community
We feel that Community Supported Agriculture helps build community around the fundamental act of eating. We also seek to organize our farm in such a way that we can support low-income people and help make local organic food available to everyone. Annually we will donate over 15% of our farm’s yield to food relief organizations and churches in the greater Durham area. In addition to our plowing and planting work we also make time to reach out and participate in our broader community. We frequently give agriculturally related presentations at schools, conferences, churches and community events.