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Uploads/Our Story/Usda Organic Seal Copy/Usda_Organic_Seal_Copy-Icon.jpgThough Mark and Karen are trained horticulturists, it is Nature that is perhaps the ultimate instructor.  It was apparent, early on, that diversity played a huge role in the success of plants and certainly made life, growing, and gardening, more interesting.  Observing the disease in area farm fields, that had been planted in corn for 20 years, confirmed our belief in rotating our crops, making sure, for instance, that a tomato never gets planted where its eggplant relative stood the year before.  Perhaps the 7th generation way of life sums it up best.  It is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world, 7 generations into the future.  From that upbringing, and the fact that our boys would play in the stones in our greenhouses, becoming certified organic, from day one, was a no-brainer.

Growing organically is difficult.  One of Mark’s college papers asked the question if organic growing was practical.  In 1985, he concluded it was NOT.  Luckily, we have a plethora of “tools” to use today, though it was not the case when Mulberry Creek began.  From trial and error, constant observation, practical knowledge, and sheer persistence, Mark tamed the obstacles of organic greenhouse growing.  Now, in 2018, he gets to learn it all over again with a new home for his plants.

Ultimately, organic extends beyond the use of earth friendly materials and techniques, recyling and fresh food.  Nature’s lessons of diversity, rotation (change), adaptation, and gentle caretaking apply to the success of human beings.
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First catalog cover in 1998: Ben
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6 year old waving Josh and friend.