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Deep Springs Farm Moves to Organic Certification

The alfalfa farm at Deep Springs has begun the process of shifting to organic operation. This spring, farm manager Ben Munger switched to organic fertilizer and seed for the current growing season. First inspections from CCOF (California Certified Organic Farms) will take place this summer and results from that survey will be used to establish protocols for future inspections and a fertility plan going forward. If all goes well, the college farm will be able to sell hay certified as organic by the fall of 2018, commanding a higher and more stable price than afforded by the regular commodity market. The college is also investigating options for switching the cattle herd to 100% organic but needs to find organic alternatives for dietary supplements to prevent bloat. Beyond pricing and environmental improvements, engaging in organic farming provides students hands-on experience with questions of stewardship in this increasingly vibrant area of modern agriculture.