Sustainable Agriculture is often a term reserved for universities or used by organizations to explain their relationship to an expanding agricultural industry; an industry edging ever-closer to a polarized practice: farming with or without chemicals. For most conventional farmers using chemicals to fertilize the soil, manage weeds, develop chemical resistant seed strains and to stabilize yields is an everyday way of life. But for some, the everyday use of chemicals on the farm is seen as a way to reduce life and propagate a false sense of safety.
Racheal Pitsinger, 16, alongside her father Rick Pitsinger are developing their own system of sustainable farming. Racheal, who holds a second degree black belt and is active throughout high school programs, disagrees with the claim that chemicals are necessary to “feed the world” and sees their everyday application as harming the wildlife.
In this weeks podcast of “On The Wire” listen to Racheal and her father, Rick, discuss how they got started farming, the methods they adapted to farm organically and how sustainable farming has given Racheal the chance to become financially viable while protecting the environment.