Organic Farm Under Attack? The Rest of the Story on Azure Farms

“An Organic Farm Under Threat. An Urgent Message from Azure Standard.”

Those are the words that greet viewers of a Vimeo video posted by Azure Farms, a certified organic farm located in central Oregon. Watching the video, viewers learn from David Cross, the farm’s marketing director (there’s your first clue), that Sherman County, where 2,000 acres of the farm is located, has recently changed its statutes to require the eradication of certain noxious weeds. Mr. Cross claims that Azure Farms could certainly work tocontrolthose noxious weeds through organic methods, but would only be able to eradicate them by spraying “toxic and poisonous substances” on its certified organic farm. Obviously, the idea is abhorrent to him. The County is ready to force the farm to spray the “poisonous muck” on their farm and put a lien on the farm for the cost of labor and materials to do it. Azure Farms begs viewers to email, call, and inundate the court with requests to rule in the farm’s favor.

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AmandaMy name is Amanda. I’m the proud daughter (and sister!) of conventional farmers in Southwest Michigan. I’m also a practicing attorney. For 26 years, my family ran and supplied a roadside market selling our own fresh fruits and vegetables. We now farm corn and soybeans.

Unfortunately, misinformation about food and agriculture is pervasive these days. My goal is to help educate consumers about conventional farming and give people a glimpse into how our food is raised and why certain production methods are used.

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