Don’t Panic- its Organic!

Maybe.. the real Sh!z doesnt need labels

Second semester freshman year I fell in love with a challenging/interesting course; Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture(FAO for short- hey- Cheers to an environmental liberal arts education!) That was 5 years ago… and my oh my has the industry grown. With a boom in young farmers and a big jump in the general pop’s excitement toward healthy food, organic has become a household term thrown evvvvvverywhere. In that first 3 hour class my professor assigned us an impromptu- debate(classic liberal arts) on the varying sides of organic agriculture. Questions flew across the room accompanied by quick well prepared rebuttles. I kept quiet.

turns out i didn’t know jack about organic.

And in all honesty I don’t think most have a clue what organic really is, we name drop it left and right hoping someone doesn’t call our bluff asking us why we choose organic, how its important (including myself). So here’s some history, it may help a bit…


1905-  Sir Abert Howard set off from England to Indore India to become an “agriculture advisor”. Instead of advising he became the student, and brought back his learnings of soil health, composting, regenerative practices etc. etc. to the US & UK through his book An Agricultural Testament– Classic organic farming text. No I have not read, yes I will soon.

1940-The Organic movement began in the US through JI Rodale’s publishing work. A playwright, editor, & author Rodale used his influence in print to familiarise our fav word organic with pesticide free (influenced by Sir Albert Howard). Keep in mind, these methods are nothing new, Sir Albert Howard is a messenger not the creator in this wild ride. Indian agriculture techniques found in Howard’s book were traditional ancient agriculture techniques.

1970(s) Organic industry grew, and so did environmental awareness. Growing too fast for its own good, there wasn’t enough of a structure developed to support its size. States were the ones regulating which meant the standards varied per region… giving the term organic no uniformity.

1990-Congress passes OFPA (Organic Foods Production Act) with the attempt to set up a national standard.

2002- Rules begin to be implemented (yay!) For the most part, this is what they consist of:

  • Land must be free of pesticides/ chemicals etc three years before you even think of being certified organic
  • No use of genetic engineering (GMO)
  • Crop rotation, cover crops, animal crop waste should be implemented, use of synthetic materials is allowed
  • preffered organic seeds
  • Pests (including weeds & diseases) will be initially controlled by management practices but basically if all else fails … use a substance that is approved by the national list..
  • animals must be fed 100% organic feed
  • no hormones or antibiotics for any reason (preventative measures can be used including vaccines- producer MUST give medical attention if required, however that animal will no longer be sold as “organic”)
  • All organic meat must have access to the outdoors, pasture for ruminants (info found at )

Then…. Organic went mainstream

Although the original thought is exciting, massive growth in the organic movement moves it farther and farther away from it’s roots. Eco-friendly systems that focuses on connection between farmer & consumer kind of diminish. Prioritizing healthy soil loses focus as assembly lines grow.

Michael Pollan’s (author of Omnivores Dilemma-highly reccomendspoke to the topic of Big Ag in an article from Organic Consumer’s Assosciation “If organic agriculture means anything it should mean that the food has a lighter environmental footprint, its really the supermarket shopper that drives the industrialization” He urges environmentally conscious shoppers to shop their local markets instead of heading straight for the ORGANIC label.

Currently there are 8,760 year round farmers markets in the U.S. So lets get go! IF you live in the NYC area you sure are a lucky ducky, there are tons and tons of local options thanks to GROWNYC. If you aren’t in the area, no worries, you can find a farmers market near you at: 

Share with me your seasonal finds!

An Apology to Bread

My very first loaf! Made with King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

Hi there

Oh I’ve been thinking about that love hate relationship we have with Bread. For me, it has been absent from my life for quite a while. And by absent… I mean I have actively tried to cut it from my diet while feeling discouraged when I fall victim to a bread-a-thon *hmph* . Of Course we are challenged with most of the carb fam but mainly… bread. And why? Well… everyone else was cutting out carbs so why not snip it from my diet?

The era of the paleo diet affected me mostly my junior year of high school, training me that bread was bad. Bad bread. Ha

I felt like I had a hold on my health but college hit and I was way wrong. I grew up in so many ways … but before long I felt  super uncomfortable with the changes happening to my body. Looking back…it wasn’t the bread that brought on the pounds it was a lifestyle change! Alcohol, junk food, lonnnggg hours in the library (slightly less productive than I would like to admit), frustration with grades, barely drinking enough water to stay hydrated… that reminds me…  and moving WAY LESS.

So here we go, my apology to bread. I am soooo sorry I left you in the dust (flour) and promise I am going to bring you back into my life.

One time Michael Pollan got really into bread baking… So I decided to get really into bread baking… IT WAS AWESOME

Thank you Mr. Michael Pollan. After listening to Cooked on Audible and watching the short series on Netflix I somewhat had an epiphany and realized ye olde ancestors were smart, healthy, and thriiiiiiving. They baked & ate bread daily!

Enter: OCB –  Obcessive compulsive bread baking- Warning- Posts will be following this on how to bake bread, how to love bread and how to bake it some more. Soo so Sorry

So Smart: a very very cheap addition to any & all meals. One loaf of bread uses one pound of flour. At a going rate of about a 64 cents per pound… you really cant say no. If you have the proper ingredients (Salt, yeast, sugar, warm water) A homemade loaf of bread can cost you under a dolla while feeding many.

So Healthy: Bread was the center of the table, a feature of most meals, why? It mainly consists of air: yeast, flour and water.. however for such an airy food it leaves us feeling full? Amazing.

A recent study from the journal Digestion reveales that 86% of the people claiming to be sensitive to gluten.. are not. Celiac disease affects 1% of our population (18 million peeps) And without going full blown scientist… gluten free can be lower in nutrients and higher in sugar (not something you want to buy just because its trending) Maybe let’s not go with the flow.. and deviate from the gluten free track. If your beautiful body is capable to break down gluten give it the opportunity to break down that gluten! And if you are Celiac or gluten intolerant…. pass the bread pls.

So Thriving!!!: Dating back to 30,000 years ago bread is known as the dawn of agriculture,  one of the oldest human-made foods. We know “Breaking bread” as sharing a meal with others, building community, and friendships. I’m excited for this, not only for having bread back in my life(yay!), but for enjoying it once again; celebrating its uniqueness and important history. So here we go, I hope this changes any hesitations you have to hop on the bread boat, bread bowl, bread bandwagon etc etc.

Enjoy and let’s bring this easy, cheap, and nutritious staple back to the table!