Organic vegetable farming starts with untreated seeds. Most conventional seeds are coated with chemicals to make them disease resistant. DCO (Deer Creek Organics) purchases seeds that are not treated with any chemicals. Our seeds are also non-GMO (not genetically modified).
We plant each precious seed into an organically approved potting mix. Tiny plants grow in protected green houses until ready to plant. In the meantime, workers prepare the soil in the fields with natural, organically approved products to enhance the fertility and treat diseases. Jeff uses OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) to make sure DCO vegetables receive only the healthiest inputs. The NOP (National Organic Program), a USDA program, sets the highest standards for our vegetable growing and handling.
A variety of natural methods protects our new plants from insects and pests. Barriers, rows covers made of a very thin fabric, let rain and sunlight through, but keep pests out. Natural repellants such as Neem Oil deter insects. Natural irritants such as a special spray made with diatomaceous earth (clay) keeps insects off the new plants. Lastly, biological insecticides such as bacillus thuringiensis (BT) control pests in the caterpillar stage.
Fertilizers include natural liquid fish formula, composted animal manure and seaweed extract. Diverse good bacteria, fungi, algae, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients support rapid multiplication of beneficial soil organisms to help the organic plants to grow into vegetables full of healthy nutrients. Weed control includes hand-hoeing, mechanical cultivation (Jeff loves coming up with creative cultivation methods!) and plastic mulch (thin sheets of plastic).
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- information on the day-to-day operation (lots of smiles!)
- education about organic vegetables
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70 miles south of Chicago, just west of St. Anne, Illinois
2825 E. 7500 S. Rd. St. Anne, IL 60964